Sudan’s military council and the main opposition coalition have reached an agreement for a new period of transitional government.
It comes after the country’s leader Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the army in April, sparking months of political turmoil and protests in the African nation.
African Union mediator for Sudan. Mohamed Hassan Lebatt. said representatives from the military and the civilian pro-democracy groups will continue talks during the weekend.
Among the details still to be finalised are the members of the transitional government and a timeline for the installation of the government.
It had already been agreed the group will be comprised of 11 members – five officers selected by the military council, five civilians chosen by the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition and another civilian to be agreed upon by both sides. Its first leader will be from the military.
Once the government is installed, the country will begin a three-year path to elections.
News of the deal, which was brokered after weeks of talks run by the African Union and neighbouring Ethiopia, was greeted with joy on the streets of the capital Khartoum.
People sounded their car horns and sang the national anthem, with some chanting: “We’re victorious”.
Mr al Bashir faces charges of corruption and possession of foreign currency.
Since he was overthrown, there has been a transitional military council in power.
Talks aimed at moving to civilian rule had been deadlocked for weeks, with the generals wanting overall control during the interim period but demonstrators wanting limited military representation.
A preliminary deal was signed last month, but at least four student protesters were killed earlier this week, delaying talks.