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Vol 51 No 9

Published 30th April 2010


Sudan

Stolen votes yield a hollow victory for Khartoum

Vote-fixing in an election lacking any credibility has galvanised opposition in the North and may undermine the ruling party

A beaming President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir waved his stick triumphantly as his victory was announced in Khartoum on 26 April. Yet the ruling National Congress Party faces a succession of challenges after what many African and Western officials call deeply flawed elections – though mainly in private. The divided and formerly supine Northern opposition now looks determined to continue the struggle triggered by the polls.

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