LAW of SUDAN - CONSTITUTION: Transitional Commission in Sudan Allows Formation of Legislative

Transitional commission in Sudan allows formation of legislative institutions KHARTOUM, June 8 (KUNA) -- A commission in charge of drafting a provisional constitution in Sudan approved Wednesday the formation of two legislative institutions including the National Council and the States Council, a spokesman for the commission al-Dardiri Ahmad said at a press conference here.

Dardiri said the States Council will consist of 52 members representing the current Sudanese States including two members for Abebe area.

The National Council, however, will group 450 members to be appointed later. The Sudanese official said appointments for the council will put into consideration the peace agreement's percentages which approved 52 percent for the National Conference, 28 for the Public Movement, 14 percent for other factions and six percent for the southern power.

Members of the States Council will be elected by the provinces' legislative councils and, according to the constitution, will be in charge of following up the implementation of the "un-central governing system".

Regarding the participation of women, Dardiri said the transitional constitution highlighted the significance of "positive distinction for women".

He expected their participation to be "definite" after the issuance of the national law for elections, which will specify women's participation in electoral districts.

The commission started its works on the third of last month and scheduled to conclude its works within six weeks.

The two and half months then will be followed by forming an alliance government based on the peace agreement signed between Khartoum and the Public Movement last January.

According to the agreement, the alliance government will administrate the country's affairs during the first half of the transitional period specified by six years. By the end of this period, a referendum will be conducted to determine the fate of the people of the south, based on the agreement.


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