Sudan swears-in interim leadership council

General Abdel-Fattah Burhan heads the council governing Sudan until elections in three years' time.
General Abdel-Fattah Burhan heads the council governing Sudan until elections in three years' time.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the outgoing leader of Sudan's military council, has been sworn in as head of the newly-formed Sovereign Council.

Burhan was dressed in military uniform at the swearing in ceremony, held at the presidential palace in Khartoum on Wednesday.

The remaining 10 members of the Sovereign Council will be sworn in later on Wednesday. Prime ministerial nominee Abdalla Hamdok is also expected to be sworn in later in the day.

Sudan on Tuesday completed the formation of the 11-member Sovereign Council that will run the country for a three-year transitional period until elections.

Hamdok, an economist who has served in international institutions, was nominated by Sudan's main opposition alliance which negotiated for months with the Transitional Military Council to reach the agreement that led to the Sovereign Council.

The council replaces the Transitional Military Council that Burhan headed, which had ruled Sudan since the overthrow of long-time president Omar al-Bashir in April.

It is now the highest authority in the country but largely delegates executive powers to the cabinet of ministers.

Australian Associated Press