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PROFILE: Members of Sudan's 'sovereign council'

PROFILE: Members of Sudan's 'sovereign council'
Sudan unveiled 11-member council that will run country during 3-year transitional period

By Mohammed Amin

KHARTOUM (AA) – Sudan has unveiled an 11-member sovereign council that will run the country during a 3-year transitional period.

The council was part of a power-sharing deal between the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition.

The council is composed of five military personnel nominated by TMC, five civilians by FFC, in addition to one civilian candidate to be agreed upon between the two sides.

Members of the sovereign council are scheduled to be sworn in on Wednesday.

Here are a short profile on each member of the council

- Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan

Born in North Sudan, River Nile state, Al-Burhan was the former commander of the ground forces. He was appointed by former President Omar al-Bashir as an inspector of the national army, a few months before al-Bashir's overthrow.

Al-Burhan has good relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Al-Burhan, however, is accused by rebel groups of committing atrocities in the conflict-ridden Darfur province in western Sudan as he was the commander of military forces in the Central Darfur State and was one of those responsible for forming the notorious "Janjaweed" militia following the eruption of the conflict in 2003.

-Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo

He is seen the most powerful member of the TMC, which took over from al-Bashir after he was deposed in April.

He is the commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) that were formed by al-Bashir in 2013. He is also accused of committing atrocities against civilians in Darfur.

-Lieutenant General Yassir Alatta

He took the reign of the ground forces in the Sudanese army after Al-Burhan. He had served for more than ten years as a military attaché in several Arab countries.

Alatta is said to have good relations with the Sudanese opposition, according to some opposition sources.

-Lieutenant General Shams Aldin Alkabashi.

He was the deputy commander of the Sudanese ground forces.

Alkabashi has been the media face of the TMC as he was appointed as a spokesman of the military council. He, however, has faced criticism by protesters demanding the handover of power to a civilian administration.

-Major General Ibrahim Gabir

He was the commander of the Sudanese Navy.

After al-Bashir's ouster, Gabir was appointed as head of the economic committee by the TMC.


-Mohamed Alfaki Suleiman

Born in North Kordofan State, Suleiman is the youngest member of the sovereign council.

The 40-year-old journalist is also a leading member in the Sudanese Unionist Party.

Suleiman graduated from the Economy College, Khartoum University, in 2003. He has authored a number of books in the fields of politics and arts.

-Alsidig Touwer Kafi

A professor of physics, he is a leading member in the Sudanese Baathist Party.

Kafi has two brothers, who were leading members in al-Bashir's former regime.

-Mohamed Hassan Altaishi

A pharmacist, Altaishi, 45, was a former member in the National Umma Party (NUP) led by former Prime Minister Alsadig Almahdi.

He was a leader of the student union in the Khartoum University when the opposition won elections for the first time in 2003.

His nomination for membership in the sovereign council has caused uproar in Sudan as he was rejected by the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA), which spearheaded the protests that led to al-Bashir's ouster. SPA later approved his nomination after protests from youths, who support Altaishi.

-Hassan Idriss.

Born in Kassala State in eastern Sudan, Idriss is a 80-year-old lawyer. He was a leading NUP member and served as a member of parliament from 1986 until 1989. He has worked as legal adviser in a number of Gulf countries, including Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

-Aisha Musa

Born in North Sudan, Musa is a 70-year old linguistics teacher. She has received Education Certificate from Teacher Training Institute in Omdurman and a Masters from the University of Manchester, a higher diploma from Leeds University and Training Teachers to Teach Languages Certificate from the US.

She is a prominent women leader in Sudan.

-Raga Nichole Issa Abdul Massih

She is the first Christian woman to participate in Sudan's leadership since the country's independence in 1956.

She has worked as a lawyer and judge in Sudanese courts and a legal adviser in several institutions.

source: News Feed
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