Sudan’s military rulers and the main opposition coalition signed a power-sharing agreement on Sunday to open the door for a transition to civilian rule following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April.
Representatives initialed a constitutional document that would establish a joint military and civilian council to rule for a little over three years until elections can be held.
The agreement would establish a Cabinet appointed by the activists, as well as a legislative body, the Associated Press reported.
The military overthrew al-Bashir in April following months of mass protests against his three-decade-long autocratic rule. The protesters remained in the streets, demanding a rapid transition to a civilian authority.
The parties are expected to put their final signatures on the agreement on Aug. 17 at a ceremony in Khartoum attended by foreign leaders.
According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the formation of a sovereign council will be announced on Aug. 18, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, a new prime minister will be named on Aug. 20 and a cabinet on Aug. 28.
The cabinet and the sovereign council will meet together on Sept. 1, the sources noted, ahead of the appointment of a legislative assembly in three months.
The 300-member assembly will serve during the transitional period.