Members of Sudan’s sovereign council sworn in

Agencies-

Members of Sudan’s newly-formed sovereign council on Wednesday took the oath in the capital Khartoum, except one absent for unknown reasons.

Nine members of the council were sworn in before the council’s chairman Abdel Fattah al-Burhan at the presidential palace, in presence of acting justice chief, while another member Mohamed Al-Hassan Al-Taishi was not present.

Al-Burhan, who was Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), on Tuesday, issued a constitutional decree to form a joint sovereign council of 11 members.

Earlier on Wednesday, he was sworn in as chairman of the sovereign council.

Under the deal recently signed by the TMC and the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance, the sovereign council comprises 11 members, including five military members chosen by the TMC, five civilian members chosen by the opposition alliance, and one civilian selected through consultation by the two sides.

The military members in the sovereign council include al-Burhan.

A member of Sudan’s new Sovereign Council said on Wednesday that appointment of chief justice and attorney general has been delayed to allow for consensus within the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance.

“There is disagreement over candidates of the Freedom and Change Alliance for the posts of chief justice and attorney general,” Mohamed Al-Faki Suleiman told reporters after the oath-taking ceremony for members of the sovereign council.

“Because there are different view points, the decision over the two posts has been delayed,” he added.

Meanwhile, Aisha Mousa Al-Saeed, another member of the sovereign council, vowed to work to achieve aspirations of the Sudanese people and preserve the goals of the Sudanese revolution.

Earlier in the day, members of Sudan’s newly-formed sovereign council took the constitutional oath in the capital Khartoum, except one who would be sworn in later.