Hundreds rally for military rulers in Khartoum

Sudanese supporters of the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) break their Ramadan fast together during a rally in the center of the capital Khartoum on Friday. — AFP

KHARTOUM — Hundreds of people rallied in support of Sudan's military rulers in the capital Khartoum on Friday, carrying posters of the generals while some chanted religious slogans.

"One hundred percent military (rule)," shouted the crowds, the majority young men, as they gathered in central Khartoum.

Some of the demonstrators carried placards with pictures of the military council's chief, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

The council has ruled the country since the ouster of President Omar Bashir on April 11, after months of protests against his authoritarian rule.

Negotiations between protesters who demonstrated against Bashir's rule and the military have broken down over whether a planned transitional body would be headed by a civilian or a military figure.

Many of those at the pro-military rally on Friday chanted slogans and waved banners in favor of Shariah — Islamic law — and against secularism.

"Freedom, peace, justice, Shariah is the choice of the people," one group chanted as they marched to join others at the front of a stage.

Islamist parties stayed on the sidelines during the nationwide protests against Bashir, but have since supported the army in hopes they will keep sharia in place.

One supporter of the military council said he hoped it would include Islamic law in the country's political road-map.

"We confirm our support for the military council and that we stand with it and its policies to enable the law of God," said the government employee from the North Kordofan state.

The crowds gathered before the evening meal to break the Ramadan fast.

For weeks, demonstrators have camped out in front of Khartoum's army headquarters to pressure the generals to yield power.

The protest site has largely been tolerated by the military, but on Thursday the council said incidents on its margins were threatening public safety.

Authorities would "work in accordance with the law to guarantee citizens' safety and to resolve manifestations of insecurity and lawlessness," it said in a statement. — AFP