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Sudan elections looking ever more fragile

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Sudan elections looking ever more fragile

Sudan’s first multi-party elections in 24 years are already looking extremely fragile. Politicians from the country’s rival south and north are accusing each other of widespread fraud and intimidation in the run-up to a 2010 vote. Currently part of a coalition government, Sudan's dominant National Congress Party and the former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement made peace in 2005 after a bloody 21-year civil war. The deal included holding a 2011 referendum on secession by the oil-rich south. Now the NCP says its supporters have been tortured in the south. Meanwhile, the SPLM and 20 other opposition parties have threatened to boycott the elections if a package of democratic reforms is not passed, having already walked out of parliament last month. Read more: Reuters, BBC

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