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Can Sudan function as a democracy?

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International election monitors have been pouring into Sudan ahead of the first democratic elections in a quarter of a century.

The vote, due to start on 11 April, will be one the most complex elections on record with voting taking place at regional, parliamentary and presidential level.

It is also remarkable because one of the presidential candidates, the current president Omer Al Bashir, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on alleged war crimes charges.

Zeinab Badawi spoke to Liberal Democrat peer, David Alton, who chaired the recent launch of the Associate All Party Parliamentary Group's new report on Sudan.

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