The framework accord negotiated with the help of West African mediators represented a step towards a deal that would lift the anti-government strike that has gripped the West African nation, the world's top exporter of bauxite, used to make aluminium, since February 12.
 
It followed the ending of martial law at midnight on Friday after Guinea's parliament refused a request from Conte to extend a state of emergency enforced by the armed forces to prevent street protests.
 
Sources involved in the negotiations said Conte, a reclusive diabetic in his 70s whose opponents say is unfit to rule, would have until March 2 to make his choice of premier from the list.