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Sudan: Voting opens Monday amidst opposition protests


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(By Estera Popowska)
In an election expected to extend the 25year rule of incumbent Omar al-Bashir, voting opened on Monday in Sudanese presidential and parliamentary elections amidst opposition boycotts.

According to press reports, the mainstream opposition is boycotting the elections and has called on voters to stay away, saying that the conditions in the country are not right for free and fair polls.

But President Bashir, the world's only sitting head of state wanted on war crimes charges, is widely expected to win comfortably. Daily Nation says the European Union warned ahead of the vote that it could not produce a "credible" result because Bashir's National Congress Party snubbed a meeting with the opposition to organise a national dialogue last month.

The elections for the presidency and the national and state parliaments end on Wednesday and the results are expected at the end of April (Source: Daily Nation)

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