Sudan just got a step closer to full democracy. Big obstacles remain

The Transitional Military Council's Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, and opposition demonstrator Ahmed Al-Rabee, raise hands after signing the historic agreement.

Khartoum, Sudan (CNN)After almost nine months of violence and wrangling, Sudan came a step closer to a civilian government on Saturday when opposition leaders and military generals signed a power-sharing agreement in the capital, Khartoum.

The choice of a fearsome commander on the signing table, and the absence of women who played a crucial role in the protest movement, show that obstacles still remain in Sudan's path to full democracy.
The agreement follows protests that toppled 75-year-old dictator Omar al-Bashir, ending his 30-year rule over the northeastern African country.
Under Bashir's iron grip, an entire generation grew up in the shadow of war, where the threat of torture in infamous "ghost houses" was never far away, and press freedom nonexistent.
    Following his ouster, the Transitional Military Council (TMC) moved in, announcing a three year transitional period.
    But protesters continued their call for civilian rule, and on Saturday thousands of people flooded to the capital to celebrate the historic signing.
    Sudanese protesters from the city of Atbara arrive in Khartoum to celebrate transition to civilian rule.