Sudan's Bashir reelected with 94.5 percent of votes: electoral commission
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was reelected Monday with 94.5 percent of the votes, the National Electoral Commission said. (AFP/File)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was reelected Monday with 94.5 percent of the votes, the National Electoral Commission said Monday, after elections that showed low voter turnout from opposition supporters.
The president is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and faced 13 candidates who were all little known. African Union Election Observer Mission said there was a "general low turnout of voters throughout" as the opposition had boycotted the election.
NEC chief Mokhtar al-Asam said at a news conference Bashir from the National Congress Party won 5.3 million of the votes, 94.5 percent. Fadl el-Sayed Shuiab of the Federal Truth Party came in second with only 1.43 percent of the votes.
The elections have sparked criticism in the international community. Last week the US, Britain and Norway made a statement on the country's "failure to create a free, fair and conducive elections environment," AFP reported.