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Sudan president wins vote

Published 27/04/2010

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.

Bashir won 68% of the presidential vote, while Salva Kiir retained his job as the President of Sudan's semi-autonomous South, with 93% of the vote in that race.

Mr Bashir is expected to form a coalition with Mr Kiir as Sudan heads toward a 2011 referendum on whether South Sudan should split off.

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