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SUDAN: Christian Woman Part Of Transitional Ruling Council

Both generals and protest leaders agreed that Aisha Musa Saeed, a Coptic Christian woman, be nominated for the ruling council, made up of six civilians and five soldiers. The council will govern Sudan for a little over three years until elections are held. Ms. Musa is a judge who also studied as a translator at the University of Leeds in the UK.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who headed the Transitional Military Council following the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir in April, will lead the Sovereign Council for 21 months. At that point, a civilian leader appointed by protest leaders will take over for the remaining 18 months.

The decision to add a Coptic woman to the council could be viewed as a nod to the role Christians played in the protest movement. Christians make up about 4.6% of Sudan’s population of 43 million, according to the World Christian Database.  

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