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Sudanese war crimes suspect wins governor's seat

Sudanese war crimes suspect wins governor's seat

A Sudanese official wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague on war crimes charges has been re-elected governor of a central state in Sudan, according to the country's electoral commission.
Ahmed Haroun, the candidate for the ruling National Congress Party, defeated the candidate for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement by 6,500 votes in an election Sunday. That allows him to remain governor of Southern Kordofan state, a post he was appointed to in 2009.
The opposition party said the elections were rigged, allegations which the electoral commission denied.
The United Nations mission in Sudan said it welcomed the completion of the elections, and said they "were conducted in a peaceful manner monitored by a large number of observers."
Both the U.N. and the National Election Commission urged anyone with complains regarding the election process to address them through legal channels.
Haround faces charges of murder, rape and the forced expulsion of civilians in Darfur.
He is a staunch ally of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, also wanted by the Netherlands-based tribunal over the conflict in the western Darfur region.
Sudan does not recognize the court in The Hague and has refused to hand indicted officials over.


Updated : 2020-12-02 17:15 GMT+08:00