Sudan Islamists back army in push to preserve sharia

Supporters of Sudanese Islamist movements shout slogans as they rally in front of the Presidential Palace in downtown Khartoum on May 18, 2019. Islamist movements are backing the army in the hope it will keep sharia law in place. PHOTO | MOHAMED EL-SHAHED | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Islamist parties stayed on the sidelines during the months of nationwide protests that led to the April ouster of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir.
  • But hundreds of Islamists have rallied in the capital in recent days, warning they would reject any deal that would exclude sharia -- Islamic law -- from the country's political roadmap.
  • They have also backed the army's demands that the head of Sudan's new governing body be a military figure -- putting them at odds with protesters who want civilian rule.

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