After reaching an agreement couple of weeks ago to share power over the transition period, the military in Sudan and the opposition groups have now signed a deal to that effect.
The political accord was signed by the parties on Wednesday hoping that it becomes the first step in returning the country to a democracy.
The signing of the agreement took place in Khartoum in the presence of African mediators after initial decision to end the crisis this month.
Ibrahim al-Amin, a leader in the opposition Forces of Freedom and Change coalition, said after the ceremony said “We want a stable homeland, because we have suffered a great deal.”
What is now left according to the parties is a constitutional declaration, expected to be signed on Friday.
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The current mediator Mahmud Dirir has asked for Sudan to be taken of a U.S. list of states that support terrorism to help deal with poverty.
The agreement will be in place during the transition period leading to elections.
The military will be in charge for the first 18 months, then a civilian-run administration for the remaining 18 months.
The parties also agreed to form an independent technocratic government.
There will also be a transparent, independent investigation into violent events in recent weeks.
The north African country has been in turmoil for most parts of this year. Protests forced long time leader, Omar al-Bashir to be toppled from power.
Many protesters have also been killed throughout the year as citizens push for a civilian regime.