On November 11 General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan appointed the new Sovereign Council of Government of Sudan, confirming for himself the position of president, as well as for General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (known as Hemetti) that of vice-president.
According to what was announced by the armed forces, the Sovereign Council will have the task of governing the country until the next elections scheduled for 2023.
The new government, risen from the ashes of the coup d’état of last October 25, has in fact excluded from participation all representatives of the civilian wing of the deposed executive led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, causing concern among the Sudanese population.
General al-Burhan has thus betrayed all expectations of a possible solution for the return of a civilian-led executive, clearly showing how the balance of power remains firmly managed by the various elements of the military apparatus.
The appointment of the new Sovereign Council also demonstrates how the power and influence of General Dagalo is still able to influence the authority of General al-Burhan and the regular armed forces, which are in fact having to manage on an equivalent level the militias of the Rapid Support Forces under the command of Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.
The new Sovereign Council is composed of 14 members, including three high-ranking officers of the armed forces, five civilians and five former opposition leaders. The civilian representative for the Eastern Sudan region has yet to be appointed, given the continuing negotiations on the ground.
Among the opposition leaders Malik Agar, Alhady Idris and Altaher Hagar, all signatories of the Juba agreements, have been appointed, while most of the civilian political representatives are little known and considered by many as expressions of a line of consensus with the military authorities. No civilian member of the Forces for Freedom and Change has been included in the new government, demonstrating how negotiations with former Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok have not achieved any result, determining his marginalization from the new government.
The news of the appointment of the new Sovereign Council, chaired once again by al-Burhan and Dagalo, has generated widespread protests in most of the capital of Sudan, Khartoum, and especially in its eastern suburbs, where the opposition to the coup has been more intense in recent weeks.
Criticism of the decision of the military authorities was also expressed by the spokeswoman of the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric, who defined as worrying the evolution of the political framework, arguing that Secretary General Guterres expected an immediate return to political transition and civilian leadership of the government.
On the contrary, there are many in Sudan who are convinced that the appointment of the new Sovereign Council was possible only after General al-Burhan received a tacit consent from the United States, which looked with growing suspicion at some elements of the Forces for Freedom and Change, especially with reference to the openings towards Russia and China.