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Sudan Government Has Journalist, Christian, English Teacher

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As former President Omar al-Bashir cools down inside a maximum prison facility in Khartoum, a new caretaker government is a stuck contrast of the ousted regime.

It is the first time since Bashir’s coup in 1989 that the country is not under the full control of a military regime.

Sudan’s ruling military council was formally disbanded on Tuesday as a new 11-member joint ruling body took charge of the country. The new team will manage affairs of Sudan for 39 months until general elections are held.

Interesting about the new government, there is an inclusion of a Coptic Christian judge, journalist, and female English teacher. The team has six civilians and five military officers.

At the moment, the leader of this team is Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (pictured above)– his assignment is to lead this team for only 21 months and will be succeeded by a civilian for the final 18 months prior to the promised elections.

Who are the eleven members of the Sovereign Council?

A protester in Khartoum reacted to the formed 11-member transition team and said, “If this council does not meet our aspirations and cannot serve our interests, we will never hesitate to have another revolution,”

The new team is composed of technocrats, professors or lawyers. And among them, there are two women, representing the thousands of Sudanese who have been on the front lines of the dispute.

Raja Nicolas Abdel Massih: the figure that most symbolizes the change of regime. A woman, a former police officer, a former legal adviser, she has no political affiliation. And above all, she comes from the Christian minority of the country. A symbol of consensus, it is the first Christian woman to be part of a government since the country’s independence in 1956; she was appointed by both the military and the leaders of the protest.

Aisha Moussa Saeed: another woman member of this Sovereign Council, she is an English teacher, activist, and was among the most critical of the military regime led by General al-Burhan.

Mohammed al-Fakki Suleiman: At 40, he is the youngest member of this Sovereign Council. A former journalist, he is a member of a small political party, the Unionist Party.

Mohamed Osman Hassan al-Tayeshi: activist from Darfur, former member of the Sadiq al Mahdi Ummah party. Very popular, he was the president of the student union of the University of Khartoum. It represents the desire to include minorities in this government.

Hassan Mohamed Sheikh Idriss: At 80, he is the oldest member of this council. As a lawyer, he was a member of the government in the 1980s, during a brief period of democratic openness.

Al Siddiq Tawer Kafi: Originally from South Kordofan State, he is a member of the Baath Socialist Party, a movement associated with Arab nationalism. This is probably the most contested civil appointment, according to some researchers, as the Natives believe it is not representative of its region of origin; especially since his two brothers were senior officials of the National Congress of Omar al-Bashir.

The Military Faces

The five men in uniform sitting on the Sovereign Council are all figures of the old regime of Bashir, and they all sat on the Military Council after the fall of their former boss.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan: career soldier, former commander of the army, he was the leader of the Military Council, and will now preside over the new institution during the first months of the transition … He has was stationed in Darfur and according to the researcher Sarra Majdoub was one of the main architects of the repression of the regime of Omar el-Bashir in this region.

General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, alias Hemetti: the leader of the Rapid Support Forces, this militia accused of abuses in Darfur and responsible for shooting protesters in recent months. He has established himself as the strongman of Khartoum.

General Chamseddine Kabbachi: until now spokesman of the Transitional Military Council.

General Yassir Alatta: Commander of the Army after Al Burhane. He served for more than ten years as a military attaché in various Arab countries.

General Ibrahim Gabir: Commander of the Navy.