On April 11, amidst allegations of fraud, Sudan held its first multiparty elections for presidential, parliamentary and state assembly posts in more than two decades. After 11 days of counting, President Omar Al-Bashir, leader of the northern National Congress Party (NCP) who took power in a bloodless coup in 1989, was declared the winner with 68 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reports. The elections are a precursor to a vote early next year on south Sudan’s independence. The last election in Sudan was held in 1986.

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