Sudan’s army rulers and protest leaders remained locked in talks early Monday to finalise a new governing body that would replace the generals who took power after ousting long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir last month.

The resumption of talks comes following pressure from world powers to reach an agreement over an interim government that would be civilian-led — a key demand of demonstrators.

The talks began at around 9pm (1900 GMT) on Sunday and were still continuing in the early hours of Monday, an AFP correspondent reported from the presidential palace where the negotiations were being held.

“The meeting is still on to discuss the transitional body,” the Sudanese Professionals Association, which initially launched the nationwide protest campaign against Bashir, wrote on Twitter.

“We are not in a hurry for the crucial victory … whatever be the outcome, it will be a step forward,” it wrote without elaborating.