Darfur votes for five-state status quo: Referendum chief

Darfur23/04/2016 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Sudan said Saturday a Darfur referendum resulted in 97.72 percent of voters favouring the war-torn region’s five-state status quo after a vote that faced international criticism and an opposition boycott. The referendum on whether to unite Darfur into a single autonomous region was held over three days between April 11 and 13. Darfur referendum commission chief Omar Ali Jamaa said at a press conference that of those who took part, “97.72 percent voted for five states”. A united Darfur with greater autonomy has long been a demand of ethnic minority insurgents battling the Sudanese government of President Omar al-Bashir since 2003, but they boycotted the vote, calling it unfair. Washington had also voiced concern, warning that the referendum “held under current rules and conditions… cannot be considered a credible expression of the will of the people”…





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