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Thursday, April 22, 2010

World Watches Sudan

April 21, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The ruling Sudanese National Congress Party (NCP) accused opposition leaders of seeking to travel abroad and begin a campaign to smear the image of the recently held elections in the country.

Sudanese voted from April 11-15 for president, legislative and local representatives in the country's first multi party election since 1986. Southerners also voted for the leader of their semi-autonomous government.

 Several heavyweight opposition parties boycotted the proceedings before voting started citing irregularities, and observers have already said the elections did not meet international standards. Those who participated later announced later they will not recognize its results.

The presidential adviser Mustafa Ismail who is also the NCP external relations chief was quoted by state media as saying that they have received intel indicating that opposition leaders want to tour abroad and "spoil the excellent results achieved in the recent elections through the media".

Ismail said the NCP is "carefully" monitoring the movements and actions of these opposition figures and attempt to abort their pursuits but declined to give the names of those individuals in question.

The NCP figure who headed a meeting at the party’s headquarters today said that it is important that the party "besieges party leaderships who flew abroad in an efforts to smear the image of the elections" adding that this electoral experience belongs to the people.

The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani issued a statement this week denouncing the conduct of the elections saying that it "were exposed to fraud and rigging". He left to Egypt afterwards will also head to Saudi Arabia from there. His office denied that he has gone to a voluntary exile over the electoral dispute.

The Islamist opposition leader Hassan Al-Turabi said this week that all options are open in face of the "blatant rigging" in the elections but did not specify the measures on the table.

Today the governor of Khartoum who was announced a winner in the gubernatorial elections warned against violent protests after results are officially announced.

"Everyone can demonstrate if they respect the law, but if there are infringements, they will be dealt with," said Abdel-Rahman al-Khidir.

"We will not allow Khartoum to become Tehran or Nairobi," Khidir, a member of the NCP, told reporters in Khartoum.

He was referring to violent protests that broke out after disputed presidential elections in Iran last June and in Kenya in 2007.

The governor also called on Bashir’s supporters to use moderation when celebrating the expected re-election of the leader, who came to power in a military coup in 1989 backed by Islamists.

The announcement of the election results have been delayed and no new date has been set. Partial results has been announced all throughout the country primarily in the North showing a strong standing for the NCP.

From here.

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