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President wins key Sudan election: Your reaction

Southern Sudanese election observers and political party agents witness the start of ballot counting in Juba [Friday 16 April 2010]
Sudan's election commission said Mr Bashir received 68% of the vote

BBC News website readers have been reacting to the announcement that Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is the winner of the country's landmark elections, despite facing war crimes charges over Darfur.

The polls were Sudan's first multi-party elections in 24 years.

YOUR COMMENTS

I am very happy with this result and of course was expecting it. I voted for Omar al-Bashir because he is the one to lead Sudan. I think this announcement shows how al-Bashir is popular in this country and this landslide victory is a clear message to the opposition that Sudanese people have chosen al-Bashir to continue what he started.
Abdullah Salih, Khartoum

My vote has been stolen. I feet that I have been robbed of my right because the election has been rigged and my vote has been stolen by National Congress Party (NCP)/Mr Bashir. There is no any legitimacy for this election and there is no credibility. Mr Bashir is a criminal which should not have been able to be voted in if the process was fair because there is no country which is ruled by a criminal who is awaiting arrest. Sudan cannot and will not be a free and peaceful country for its citizens to live in it. We will remain struggling for democracy.
Wunachuei, Juba, Sudan

To the Arab north it was an election but to the southerners it was Mr Bashir against himself like Mugabe was in 2008. To me this is not the most important step to a stable Sudan. The most important is the forthcoming referendum early next year. Then we will either see Sudan going back to war or to complete stability.
Ekwang Arwai Morris, Entebbe, Uganda

This election was not free and fair. Many cases of fraud were reported by observers and officials. Most of the Sudanese people are not satisfied with these elections. This election was conducted so President al-Bashir could survive indictment and so secession of South Sudan can now happen.
Abdelmaboud Abdullah, Sudanese in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Who is shocked or surprised by the results? No-one. Not because al-Bashir is so much loved but simply a result of expected fraud. And the boycott obviously made it easier for the party. Additionally the publicity and access to register for the votes internationally was so limited that it is impossible to describe Sudan as democratic. 68%? Come on, this is a joke!
Selma, London, UK

What are we fighting for? Injustice? This dictator was accused of war crimes, shrugged his shoulders and carried on laughing and dancing! And now has been re-elected? That's absurd! There's been an outpouring of sympathy for these people (as well as tonnes of financial aid). Is it all for nought? Is it that they are prepared to continue living and dying in this way forever and the world must watch and comply? Insane!
Nalini Ouditt, Diego Martin, Trinidad

The time has come to end double standards. We all should welcome the victory of Omar. The International Criminal Court (ICC) should convict Bush and Blair for their notorious war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Asad Ahmed, Karachi, Pakistan

How can a person accused of war crimes be re-elected? He can now commit more than before.
Aiman Kuku, Abyei, Sudan

I am not surprised by the results, and this was the reason for the withdrawal of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement's (SPLM) presidential candidate, Yasir Arman. Let's take heart from the fact that we've crossed to the other side of the river for conducting election peacefully for the first time since before most of us were born. It is now official, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) will be implemented as it should have because after elections, there comes the referendum, which I am looking forward to very much. Separation is now the ultimate choice for the southerners.
Majok Mabil Majok, Juba, South Sudan

As a southerner who left my home area during the war as a child (aged nine in 1987) and currently resettled in Australia, I think the election in general does indicate that people from both sides are desperate for peace because the long endured war in Sudan clearly gave the people of Sudan a chance to send a clear and loud message to all friends of Sudan, such as African nations, Western nations, Arab nations, Asia, South America, peace loving supporters and the United Nations that the Sudanese people do not want any more conflict at all and that is why they have chosen to bring back Bashir. The Southern Sudanese are also sending a message to the whole world that we are capable of choosing our own leader and that we are more than ready to determine our future during the forthcoming referendum. Sudanese have also had a chance to show the world that we are not like Kenya or Zimbabwe, where results are followed by bloodshed.
Nyok Achouth, Sudanese in Canberra, Australia

This is always the case with African elections - incumbents never lose presidential elections. So, opposition leaders should stop investing resources in presidential elections when in fact the incumbent is still going to win. In some cases, opposition candidates should even allow the president to win his or her next term again by acclamation instead of running against him or her.
Chief Dadee, Banjul, The Gambia

The withdrawal by the main challengers of Bashir have done a lot to prevent a return to war in Sudan. There was no way Omar, who is wanted by ICC, would have given up power. He would fight to the grave.
Reec Biar Gabriel, Gogrial, South Sudan

In the absence of any tangible evidence to disapprove the results, the will of the Sudanese must be acknowledged and respected. Whether or not Bashir has a case pending before the ICC is now irrelevant to the result.
JG Munyua, Eldoret, Kenya



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