Ac­cused leader ex­pected to win

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Su­dan be­gan vot­ing in an elec­tion ex­pected to be won by Pres­i­dent Omar Has­san Ahmed Bashir, the world’s only sit­ting leader wanted on geno­cide charges.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties, cit­ing a lack of free­dom of speech and as­sem­bly, are boy­cotting the vote.

Bashir has ruled Su­dan un­chal­lenged for 25 years and presents him­self as a sym­bol of sta­bil­ity.

As long as he re­mains pres­i­dent, Bashir has im­mu­nity from pros­e­cu­tion by the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court on charges of or­ches­trat­ing geno­cide dur­ing the Dar­fur con­flict, which left 300,000 peo­ple dead and 2 mil­lion dis­placed.

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