"We hope Sudan can move forward now, we want to be proud of our country", said Saida Khalifa as she got off the train after an all-night ride from Atbara, the town where the protests started in December previous year. "We have a new Sudan", said Saba Mohammed, a veiled 37-year-old woman, waving a small plastic flag.
The ruling military council and the activists came under renewed pressure to reach an accord after security forces opened fire on student protesters on August 1 in the city of Obeid, leaving six people dead.
At Khartoum's central market early Saturday, shoppers and stallholders interviewed by AFP all said they hoped a civilian government would help them put food on the table.
On Saturday reports said that Sudan's sovereign council will include Transitional Military Council (TMC) head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo and Lieutenant General Yasser al-Atta, the TMC's spokesperson said.
After weeks of tense negotiations, Sudan's TMC and protest leaders reached a preliminary agreement earlier this month following worldwide pressure and concerns that the political crisis could ignite a civil war.
Brokered by the African Union and Ethiopia, the deal brings to an end months of upheaval which continued after Bashir's downfall, as protestors continued to demand a civilian government free from army interference.
Bashir is wanted for war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region by the International Criminal Court, and is awaiting trial in Sudan on corruption charges.
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The march also was a rare reprieve from past weekends, which saw protests ending in violent clashes between police and protesters. According to some reports they could be preparing to enter Hong Kong to assist in restoring order should police fail.
"I'm so happy - I can't express it", Nirad Abdullah, who stood outside Friendship Hall as the agreement was being signed, told VOA. Subsequently, the military tried to usurp the country's leadership completely, a move that heightened chaos and tensions in Sudan.
The prime minister will be tasked to form the government in consultation with the FFC.
The military overthrew al-Bashir in April following months of protests against his three-decade-long authoritarian rule. At least nine troops from the paramilitary Rapid Support forces were arrested over the killings.
"Civilian rule, civilian rule", they chanted, promising to avenge the estimated 250 allegedly killed by security forces during the protests.
Rapturous crowds filled the streets of Khartoum Saturday as Sudan's generals and protest leaders signed a historic deal paving the way to civilian rule.
The constitutional declaration builds on a political declaration that was agreed by the military and protesters on July 17. The Sovereign Council is due to announce on Tuesday if it confirms this in this position. The first stages of the transition should follow the signing with the announcement on Sunday of the composition of the Sovereign Council, the majority of which will be composed of civilians, which will lead the transition.