Sudan's military rulers and the main opposition coalition have reached an agreement paving the way for a new transitional government, the African Union said, after a long period of negotiations following the toppling of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir in April.

Mohamed Hassan Lebatt, the AU mediator for Sudan, told reporters on Saturday that the two sides "fully agreed on a constitutional declaration" outlining the division of power for a three-year transition to elections.

The document, which outlines the powers and the relationships between the branches of the transitional government, comes after weeks of protracted negotiations brokered by the AU and neighbouring Ethiopia amid sporadic bouts of violence in the capital, Khartoum, and other cities.

The main opposition coalition, the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), welcomed the agreement as a "first step with more to follow" and pledged to complete the journey to "freedom, peace and justice" in Sudan.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow has this report.


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