(Reuters) - Sudan's military leaders and a coalition of civilian parties signed a framework deal on Monday that could launch a new political transition in the country.
Here is some background to the events.
WHO HAS BEEN IN CHARGE IN SUDAN?
Sudan began a transition to democracy after a popular uprising and the ouster in April 2019 of President Omar al-Bashir, an Islamist shunned by the West who had presided over the country for nearly three decades.
Under an August 2019 agreement, the military agreed to share power with officials appointed by civilian political groups ahead of elections. But that arrangement was abruptly halted by a military coup in October 2021, which triggered a campaign of frequent pro-democracy mass rallies across Sudan.
WHERE DOES THE BALANCE OF POWER LIE?
The military has been a dominant force in Sudan since independence in 1956, waging protracted internal wars, staging repeated coups, and amassing extensive economic holdings.
During the transition that began with Bashir's ouster and ended with the 2021 coup, distrust between the military and civilian parties ran deep.
The civilian side has drawn on backing from a resilient protest movement and parts of the international community, though key regional powers have close ties to Sudan's military leadership.
Some former rebel factions aligned themselves with the military, while veterans of Bashir's regime returned to the civil service following the coup.
WHAT ARE THE DISAGREEMENTS OVER?