Who's who in Sudan's new ruling council

Military-civilian body will guide country towards elections after 39 months

epa07784052 Members of Sudan's newly formed transitional Council (R-L) General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Hassan Sheikh Idris, Genereal Ibrahim Jaber, Raja Nicola Issa Abdul-Masseh, General Shams al-Din Kabashi, Aisha Moussa, Mohamed Alfaki, General Yasser al-Atta and Sadeek Tawer look on during their sweaing-in ceremony at the presidential palace in Khartoum, Sudan, 21 August 2019. The Sudanese opposition and military council signed on 17 August a power sharing agreement. The agreement sets up a sovereign council made of five generals and six civilians, to rule the country until general elections. Protests had erupted in Sudan at the end of 2018, culminating in a long sit-in outside the army headquarters which ended with more than one hundred people being killed and others injured. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir stepped down on 11 April 2019.  EPA/MORWAN ALI
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General Mohamed Dagalo

Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Himediti, deputy head of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitaries, attends a rally in the village of Abraq, about 60 kilometers northwest of Khartoum, on June 22, 2019. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Gen Dagalo is in his early 40s, a relatively young age for a general in the Sudanese army. Gen Dagalo left school early to take up cross-border cattle trading and has never attended military academy. He makes up for that with vast combat expertise commanding a tribal militia that fought rebels in the 2000s in the western Darfur region. Gen Dagalo served as deputy to the Transitional Military Council chairman, Gen Abdel Fattah Al Burhan.

Lt Gen Shamseldin Al Kabashi

Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) spokesman Shams-Eddin Kabashi (R) speaks during a press conference at the Presidencial Palace in Khartoum, Sudan, on June 13, 2019. - Sudan's ruling military council for the first time admitted on June 13, 2019 that it had ordered the dispersal of a Khartoum sit-in, which left dozens dead, as US and African diplomats stepped up efforts for a solution to the country's political crisis. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Lt Gen Al Kabashi, was named Joint Chief of Staff in February and was the face of the TMC from April 11, the day former president Omar Al Bashir was removed, until this week when the council became defunct. He led the TMC’s political committee and was directly involved in months of often difficult negotiations that produced the power-sharing agreement with civilians.

Lt Gen Yasser Al Atta

Sudanese army commander and member of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) Lieutenant General Yasser Abdelrahman Hassan al-Atta attends a ceremony for the signing of the constitutional declaration, attended by African Union and Ethiopian mediators in the capital Khartoum on August 4, 2019. - Sudan's army rulers and protest leaders on August 4 inked a hard-won constitutional declaration, paving the way for a promised transition to civilian rule. The agreement, signed during a ceremony witnessed by AFP,  builds on a landmark power-sharing deal signed on July 17 and provides for a joint civilian-military ruling body to oversee the formation of a transitional civilian government and parliament to govern for a three-year transition period. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)

Lt Gen Al Atta was one of the 10 officers who made up the original TMC immediately after the removal of Mr Al Bashir. The number of officers on the council was later reduced to six. From a military family, he is the great nephew of an officer executed in the 1970s for his part in a foiled communist-backed coup against the late dictator Jaafar Al Numeiri. He served as military attache in Djibouti.

Maj Gen Ibrahim Kareem

Maj Gen Kareem is a career navy officer who was the commander of Sudan’s naval forces. He also has an engineering degree. He led the TMC’s economic committee, a position that required him to keep country’s economy afloat at a time when most trade, industrial and government activity was at standstill.

Aisha Moussa

Aisha Mousa, a civilian member of Sudan's new sovereign council that will head the country during its three-year transition to civilian rule, speaks during a press conference after being sworn-in, in the capital Khartoum on August 21, 2019.  / AFP / Ebrahim HAMID

Born in the western Kordofan province, Ms Moussa has had a career in education, a field in which she earned a master’s degree from the University of Manchester and a diploma from Leeds University. She is a veteran activist in the field of women’s and girls’ education. She is the widow of Sudanese poet and comparative literature professor Mohammed Abdel Hay.

Hassan Idris

Mr Idris is a legal consultant who once worked for Sudan’s Justice Ministry and served as legislator and housing minister in the 1980s. He hails from eastern Sudan, which he represented in an opposition coalition called The Call of Sudan, which groups political parties and rebel groups in western and southern Sudan.

Sadeek Tawer

A native of the turbulent Nuba Mountains in western Sudan, Mr Tawer is an academic who taught physics at several Sudanese universities. A one-time member of the Baathist party, he has been active in rights issues and efforts to end the war in his native region.

Mohamed Alfaki

Mohamed al-Fakki Suleiman, a civilian member of Sudan's new sovereign council that will head the country during its three-year transition to civilian rule, speaks during a press conference after being sworn-in, in the capital Khartoum on August 21, 2019.  / AFP / Ebrahim HAMID

A journalist and a political activist, Mr Alfaki, 40, is the youngest member of the council. A political scientist by education, he has worked in several publications in the Gulf region, and written two novels and a political book titled Challenges of Building the State of Sudan.

Mohammed Al Taishi 

A native of Darfur, Mr Al Taishi was a one-time youth leader in the Umma Party of former prime minister Sadeq Al Mahdi. He is a pharmacist by training who has lived in exile in Britain in recent years to escape persecution under Mr Al Bashir’s rule.

Raja Abdel Masseh

Raja Nicolas Abdel Massih, a civilian member of Sudan's new sovereign council that will head the country during its three-year transition to civilian rule, attends a press conference after being sworn-in, in the capital Khartoum on August 21, 2019.  / AFP / Ebrahim HAMID

A Coptic Christian, Ms Abdel Masseh was jointly selected by the generals and the pro-democracy movement. She has had a career at the Sudanese Justice Ministry since the early 1980s and was until her appointment a senior legal adviser there.

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