As election results were officially declared in Sudan, a split between the north and the south appeared more likely.
While Omar al-Bashir was re-elected as president in the national government, poll results also showed strong support for Salva Kiir, the president of the semi-autonomous south and leader of the SPLM party.
Kiir, who won 93 per cent in the regional vote, is in favour of the south's secession from the north, which the southerners will vote on next year.
Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from the capital, Khartoum.
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