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Sudan: Protesters, Military form New Government. ( with agency report

By Emmanuel Iriogbe

Sudan’s generals and protest leaders have announced a joint ruling body, formally disbanding the military council that took power after the toppling of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in April in the wake of relentless protests against his rule.

The new, 11-member Sovereign Council is to rule Sudan for a little over three years until elections can be held.

A spokesman for the now-defunct Transitional Military Council (TMC) announced the names of the members of the joint body in a televised address late on Tuesday.

The council includes six civilians and five soldiers. It will be headed for 21 months by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who headed the TMC. A civilian leader appointed by the protest movement is to follow Burhan for the remaining 18 months.

General Mohammed Hamadan Dagalo, the TMCs deputy head widely known as Hemeti, was appointed to the council along with Yasser Atta, Ibrahim Gaber and Shams al-Din Kabashi.

Among the five council members named by the protest movement are a woman and a journalist. They are Hassan Mohamed Idris, Al-Siddiq Tawer Kafi, Ayesha Musa Saeed, Mohamed Osman Hassan al-Taayeshi and Raja Nicola Issa Abdul-Masseh.

Both sides agreed on the appointment of a Coptic Christian judge as the 11th member of the council.

The council members and the prime minister will be sworn in on Wednesday.

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