Sudan's Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote

Omar al-Bashir, who faces war-crimes charges, declared winner by election commission, extending his 25-year rule.

    The Election Commission put turnout at 46.4 percent and denied widespread reports of low participation [Reuters]
    The Election Commission put turnout at 46.4 percent and denied widespread reports of low participation [Reuters]

    Sudan's Election Commission says President Omar al-Bashir has won re-election with 94 percent of the vote, extending his 25-year rule despite war-crimes charges and domestic rebellions.

    The Election Commission put turnout at 46.4 percent and denied widespread reports of low participation.

    Mokhtar al-Assam, the head of the commission, announced the results on Monday, saying reports of low turnout were "not accurate".

    The four-day vote began on April 13. Nearly 13 million people were registered to vote at nearly 11,000 polling centres. Polling stations in the capital, Khartoum, were largely deserted.

    Bashir, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1989, is the only sitting head of state facing genocide charges at the International Criminal Court. The charges stem from the conflict in the Darfur region.

    SOURCE: AP


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