Published: Wed, August 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Formation of Sovereignty Council in Sudan Postponed by Two Days

Formation of Sovereignty Council in Sudan Postponed by Two Days

Following his ouster, the General Prosecution in Sudan raised charges against al-Bashir related to corruption, possession of foreign currency and illicit wealth after around US$113 million were found at his residence.

According to the power-sharing deal, the opposition coalition is allowed to choose five members and the military another five, with the two sides jointly choosing a civilian as an 11th member.

Rare scenes of jubilation filled the streets of the capital after generals and opposition leaders signed the documents that will govern Sudan's three-year transition to civilian rule.

According to the agreement, the country's prime minister will be appointed with the approval of the council on August 20, and will be sworn in in front of the council and head of the Supreme Court on August 21.

Police Brigadier Ahmed Ali said at the opening of Bashir's corruption trial, which an AFP correspondent attended, that the former president told him that the latest payment was "delivered by some of Mohammed bin Salman's envoys".

The development comes after internal disputes within the Sudanese Professionals Association, one of the opposition factions, over its nominee.

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The sovereign council was due to be sworn in yesterday. Also present were African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who helped broker the accord, and representatives from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all of which see themselves as influential in Khartoum.

"This historic achievement is the culmination of months of negotiations and the result of the steadfast and peaceful resolve of the Sudanese people, especially the women and youth, for a democratic transition in Sudan", he said.

In April, Sudan's military ruler, General Abdul Fattah al-Barhan, said more than $5 million in cash, including Sudan's pound and other foreign currencies, was seized at Mr. Bashir's home. Bashir - who was in a cage in the courtroom, dressed in traditional white robes and a turban - listened to the testimony but did not comment. It's unclear when he will face those charges.

The tribunal had issued a warrant against al-Bashir in 2009 for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide against civilians and ethnic groups in Sudan's Darfur region.

Bashir was also charged in May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters. Since then the interim military council has ruled the country and could rule for two years until electing a new democratic government.

Ethiopian envoy Mahmoud Dirir urged the USA on Saturday to remove Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, in order to help Sudan's incoming transitional government tackle the troubled economy. "Lifting Sudan from the list of so-called state sponsors of terror, the large debts. and lessening the burden on the economy".

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