Sudan opposition boycotts parliament over poll worries

By Daily Maverick Legacy 21 October 2009

Sudan is facing a controversial election in 2010 that may lead to secession for the country’s Christian and animist south the following year. Some 20 opposition parties say they will boycott parliament until President Omar al Bashir's party agrees to pass laws needed for the elections. The Islamic north and black African south ended about 20 years of civil war in 2005 under an agreement to share power and wealth, and allow the south to vote on secession in 2011. But many obstacles remain, not least that most of the country’s oil is found in the less-populated south, and the north wanting a 75% national vote threshold to let the south secede.

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