Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Tanzania investigates ferry disaster which killed at least 227

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential parody: the unofficial Elysée shop

Read more

THE DEBATE

Iran Under Pressure: Tehran Vows Retaliation After Ahvaz Attack

Read more

FOCUS

Germany: Where providing information on abortion remains a crime

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: ‘Big Brothers’ Winston McAnuff & Fixi

Read more

IN THE PRESS

'Back from golfing dead': Tiger Woods overcomes pain and scandal to win first tour in 5 years

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Julien Brave NoiseCat: ‘Pipelines a real threat to First Nations’ way of life’

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Austrian government spokesman: ‘Still possible to agree on Brexit deal before end of October’

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Playing fair and paying fair: Copyright law gets an internet-age overhaul

Read more

Africa

Sudan's Bashir wins landmark presidential poll

Video by Fiona CAMERON , Florence VILLEMINOT

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2010-04-26

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity, has officially been declared winner of the country's first multi-party presidential election in over two decades.

REUTERS - President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has won Sudan's first open elections in 24 years in a result that confirms in office the only sitting head of state wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.

Election official Abel Alier announced at a news conference that Bashir won 68 percent of the presidential vote, while Salva Kiir, the president of Sudan's semi-autonomous southern region, won re-election with 92.99 percent of the vote in that race.

After a vote outside observers said fell short of global standards, Bashir is expected to form a coalition with Kiir as the country heads toward a 2011 plebiscite that is expected to lead south Sudan to split off and become Africa's newest state.

Bashir had hoped a win in legitimate polls would help him defy the ICC warrant, in which he is accused of ordering a campaign of murder, torture and rape in Sudan's Darfur region.

But the polls were marred by widespread charges of fraud, including from Kiir's Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), suggesting the new ruling coalition will be a fragile one.

Bashir and Kiir's current coalition government has had a rocky five years since signing a 2005 peace deal that ended more than two decades of civil war between north and south Sudan.

North-south tensions bode poorly for full implementation of the peace deal, including next year's referendum. Any major delay to that vote would be unacceptable to southerners who many analysts believe overwhelmingly desire secession.

Date created : 2010-04-26

  • SUDAN

    Polls close after historic, and chaotic, Sudan vote

    Read more

  • SUDAN

    Elections failed to meet international standards, says EU

    Read more

COMMENT(S)