Monday, April 26, 2010

Genocide Suspect Wins Sudan Election

Sudan's President Omar al Bashir has been declared the victor of this month's landmark election, despite being wanted for war crimes.

Bashir, who was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide in Darfur, won 68% of the votes in the first multi-party poll in 24 years.

The elections have been marred by violence and allegations of fraud.

Fifty-five people were killed in clashes along the border between north and south Sudan at the weekend.

EU observers monitoring the poll said the election fell short of international standards. President al Bashir's two main challengers withdrew from the race, citing concerns over vote rigging, before the election began.

Bashir has broad popular support in Sudan for his anti-western stance and his defiance in the face of international criticism for his actions in Darfur.

His re-election makes the prospect of him facing trial over charges of genocide and war crimes even more unlikely.

He has ignored an international arrest warrant issued by the ICC in February last year.