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Sudanese president ahead in early election results | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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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.