Among them are the most famous supporters of normalization.. Who are the new members of the Sovereignty Council in Sudan?

Khartoum- The Sudanese army commander, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, did not waste much time rushing to take the oath as Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, shortly after announcing the nomination of himself and 11 members, in the first appointment of the transitional authority structures after the procedures of last October 25 that overthrew Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok. .

Al-Burhan appeared on Sudan TV as he was sworn in for the second time in two years, swearing, among other pledges, to preserve the constitutional document that political and civil forces accuse him of violating.

The announcement of the Sovereignty Council in its new form caused wide reactions in the Sudanese street and the political forces, which seem to have been surprised by the decision, after they were considering reaching a settlement that would guarantee Hamdok’s return to his position.

Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan is sworn in before the Chief Justice (Sudanese Press)

After the failure of mediation

Local and international mediations and interventions failed to prevent Al-Burhan from taking unilateral steps to announce the structures of the transitional authority without the consent of the other parties. However, the man was determined to move towards the exclusion of any partisan aspect in the joints of the state.

He is the one who believes that the parties’ strife and struggle over two years was the reason for the failure of the government and its inability to achieve achievements.

Al-Taher Abu Haga, advisor to the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, confirms that the re-formation of the Council is in line with the constitutional document and the peace agreement, and that in its new composition it is a response to local, regional and international initiatives, and takes into account the representation of the regions of Sudan.

Former council soldiers

Under the decree that carried 21 appointments, Al-Burhan reinstated 4 military commanders, namely Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti) as his deputy, and Shams El-Din Kabbashi, Yasser Al-Atta and Ibrahim Jaber as members, which is the formation of the same military section of the council before its dissolution on October 25 last.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Army was keen in appointing the new civilian members of the Council, to ensure the representation of 5 regions of Sudan, and to push for faces that do not have any political weight, but have societal symbolism.

The new decree reserved for women two seats in the council, where Raja Nikola remained in her place, and Salma Abdel-Jabbar Al-Mubarak, a university professor and media figure, was added to represent the Central Sudan region, as she came from a well-known Sufi family.

The formation of the new Sovereignty Council headed by Al-Burhan came at a time when the Sudanese were waiting for the return of the civilian component of the authority headed by Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok (communication sites)


Among the new members is Abu al-Qasim Muhammad Ahmed Bartam, a representative of the Northern Territory, and he is considered one of the popular faces there, as he ran in the 2015 elections in Dongola constituency and defeated one of the Islamist movement’s candidates, and joined the independent bloc in Parliament. He also led the northern entity after the December 2018 revolution, and is considered one of the most famous supporters of normalization with Israel.

The selection also fell on Supreme Court Judge Youssef Gad Karim as a representative of the Kordofan region, as he is considered one of the symbols of the well-known Misseriya tribe in the region.

Al-Burhan did not seem to ignore the protests of a number of entities in the capital, Khartoum, about not being represented, as he named Abdel-Baqi Al-Zubair, a dental consultant and lecturer at the University of Khartoum, to represent the state in the Sovereignty Council. He is one of the well-known Native Administration men in the East Nile region, north of the capital.

Because of the simmering tribal disputes in eastern Sudan, the constitutional decree postponed naming a representative for the eastern region, where the Beja and Bani Amer tribes are fighting over the eligibility for membership in the Transitional Sovereignty Council.

As a result, the new decree expelled the isolated Civil Sovereignty Council team represented by Muhammad al-Hassan al-Ta’ishi, Muhammad al-Faki Suleiman, Jalal Tower and Hassan Sheikh Qadi, while the fifth civilian member, Aisha Musa, had submitted her resignation a few months ago. They had been nominated by the Forces for Freedom and Change in accordance with the constitutional document.

The name of the head of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front, Al-Hadi Idris, was included in the formation of the new Sovereignty Council, despite his opposition to Al-Burhan’s actions on October 25 last (Sudanese press)


It is noted that the representation of the Darfur region was satisfied with the presence of two leaders of the Revolutionary Front, Al-Tahir Hajar and Al-Hadi Idris, who are next to Malik Agar, one of the leaders of the armed movements that were represented in the council under the peace agreement.

But the irony is that the three men issued, a few days ago, a statement rejecting the measures taken by Al-Burhan and describing them as a coup, and demanded him to release the detainees, led by Abdullah Hamdok and his advisor, Yasser Arman.

According to reliable sources who spoke to Al-Jazeera Net, the head of the movement, the North Sector, owner of Agar, expressed during an official meeting his dissatisfaction with the rivalries and exchanges between civilians and soldiers, and then left for Blue Nile State 5 days before Al-Burhan’s decisions last October 25, and he only returned this week .

Aqar met, according to the sources, Al-Burhan and Hamdok separately, and insisted on releasing the detainees and reaching a settlement with Hamdok that included his appointment to the Sovereignty Council. Which did not happen.

The next step..the government

A member of the Central Council for Freedom and Change, Ahmed Hazrat, confirms to Al-Jazeera Net that the delegates of the Revolutionary Front participated in the last meetings of the Council last Tuesday, where they confirmed their rejection of the “military coup”, and agreed to escalate against the decisions, expecting the three leaders’ refusal to participate in the new Sovereignty Council.

However, political analyst Ammar Awad believed that Al-Burhan would not have named the leaders of the armed movements as members of the Sovereignty Council before obtaining assurances of approval from them, especially since they represent the parties to peace and were not included in the previous solution decision.

In his speech to Al Jazeera Net, he believes that the formation of the new Sovereignty Council was built on the alliance of generals with tribal leaders instead of the previous formation, which was an alliance between the military and politicians, and that the next step will be the Sovereignty Council meeting next Sunday to appoint the prime minister, who in turn will choose his government ministers.

The analyst says that the military arranged the situation to prevent any protests in the provinces over the selection of these representatives. This will ensure representation for the other components in the position of the governor and at the level of ministries, in a manner that silences dissenting voices.

These developments, according to Awad, reflect the international community’s lack of tools to influence the situation in Sudan, as it did not take strong decisions to prevent Al-Burhan from implementing his plans, at a time when the political forces that continued to move with reactions without a step confirming their control of matters helped him, and their main dependence remained. On the street to put pressure on the military.

Meanwhile, Hazrat Ahmad believes that there is no choice but to continue the peaceful field escalation, and that the insistence of the military on confiscating the will of the people is rejected, and it will be opposed by all means, especially if the next step is the announcement of the government.

His Holiness considered that it “will not be dependent on any legitimacy or reference,” noting that the international community granted Prime Minister Hamdok legitimacy, “which means that the government that the proof is preparing to announce will not find international recognition.”

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