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KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) – Early results from Sudan’s first multiparty presidential and local elections in years are showing the incumbent president ahead in voting that was marred by delays, faulty registration and boycotts.

Omar al-Bashir is widely expected to win another five years in office after his most credible challengers pulled out, raising questions about the legitimacy of the troubled vote.

Results from a few districts announced by the National Elections Commission Friday show al-Bashir receiving between 88 percent and 94 percent of votes counted. Final results are expected Tuesday.

The five-day vote was a key requirement of a 2005 north-south peace deal and paves the way for a referendum next year on southern independence.

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Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

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