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Only one other head of state stood on the podium beside President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir on 1 January. That was President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia. It was meant to have been a momentous day in the Blue Nile capital, Ed Damazine: to mark Sudan’s 57th Anniversary of Independence, the extension of Er Roseires Dam and the Holy Koran Festival. It disappointed those expecting a major announcement, such as pardons for November’s coup plotters.

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Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia, China, Kuwait, South Sudan, Qatar, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, mujahideen

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