Ballots, not Bullets: The Sudanese Elections and Beyond
RUSI Newsbrief, 20 May 2010
By Anna Rader
The Sudanese elections have been described as the most complex in Africa – perhaps even in the world. A key requirement of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended decades of civil war, the elections were designed to introduce legitimacy and accountability into prevailing national and regional governance arrangements, and enhance civic engagement ahead of the critical referendum on southern independence planned for January 2011. The elections, however, were marred by technical problems and electoral malfeasance, and returned a preordained victory for the incumbent, President Omar Al-Bashir. With tensions running high, can Sudan avoid conflict in this most critical year?
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