Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) and an opposition alliance met on Monday to discuss the powers of a joint military-civilian council to steer the country's transition after three decades of rule by Omar al-Bashir, two sources familiar with the proceedings said.
The two sides had been due to talk about the make-up of the proposed body, but the military officers who toppled Bashir on April 11 after weeks of mass protests against his rule focussed the discussions instead on the future council's functions and powers, the sources said.
A further meeting between the TMC and the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces, an umbrella group representing opposition groups and activists, will be held to discuss the council's composition, they added.
The make-up of the proposed council is key because activists who organised 16 weeks of protests leading to Bashir's ouster have insisted that the body be civilian led.
The joint council would be the sovereign body overseeing a technocrat government and a legislative council.
Protesters have continued the mass rallies and a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum that began on April 6.
Monday's meeting was held at the presidential palace on the banks of the Blue Nile in Khartoum, a short distance from the sit-in.
*This story was edited by Ahram Online