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Vol 51 No 18

Published 10th September 2010


A suspect at the parade

In one fell swoop, the Khartoum government strengthens President Omer el Beshir and undermines the Nairobi government’s new constitution

With arrest warrants for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity over his head, Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir does not often get the chance to star in an international celebration of democracy. That is what the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) achieved for him – and itself – on 27 August, when he ‘stole the limelight from democracy’, as Nairobi’s Standard newspaper put it, at the formal launching of Kenya’s long-awaited new constitution.

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