Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Election Chaos In Sudan As Main South Sudan Party Boycotts The Election

Photo: Presidential Candidate Yassir Arman

South Sudan Party Withdraws Presidential Candidate -- Reuters

KHARTOUM, March 31 (Reuters) - South Sudan's leading party said on Wednesday it was withdrawing its candidate for the presidency in April elections, paving the way for a likely victory for incumbent President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) vice-chairman Riek Machar cited continued conflict in Darfur and electoral irregularities, adding the party would also boycott all levels of elections in Darfur.

"We decided that Yasir (Arman) should end his campaign for the presidency of the Republic," he told reporters.

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More News On Sudan's Election Turmoil

Yassir Arman quits Sudan presidential poll -- BBC
Sudan ex-rebel, presidential hopeful Arman quits election -- AFP
Sudan’s SPLM Candidate Pulls Out of Presidential Vote -- Business Week/Bloomberg
SPLM quits Sudan presidential poll -- Al Jazeera
Sudan opposition warns against holding elections in April -- Yahoo News/AFP
Sudan president warns south over election delay -- BBC
Sudan leader warns south on referendum -- Mail & Guardian
A Crucial Vote in South Sudan -- Michael Gerson, Real Clear World

My Comment: This is laying the groundwork for war in the region. The next month will be crucial to solve this impasse, but I have my doubts that it will be resolved.

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