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Vol 50 No 1

Published 9th January 2009

Courts and killings

Regional leaders face a new impetus from Africa and beyond to bring political murderers to account this

SUDAN: Vulnerable but dangerous A tumultuous political year will begin with the International Criminal Court’s expected issuing of an arrest warrant for President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir. The response of the ruling National Congress (aka National Islamic Front) and then of the once powerful Northern opposition will determine Sudan’s medium-term future. Also important will be the response of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, which in theory shares power with President Omer’s NC but in practice, relations are deteriorating fast. Foreign governments will also count. Britain and France have sought to delay the warrant at the United Nations Security Council; the United States’ new Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, would veto such a move. President Barack Hussein Obama’s new US government is set to step up pressure on Khartoum’s Islamist regime on several levels.

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