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Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. He has won Sudan's first open polls in 24 years, keeping in office the only sitting head of state wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. Reuters By Reuters Posted Monday, April 26 2010 at 15:49 KHARTOUM, Monday - President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has won Sudan's first open elections in 24 years in a result that confirms in office the only sitting head of state wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. Related Stories Sudan poll short of world standards Sudan gears up for poll amid fraud fears Sudan state media report Bashir lead Sudan elections to start on time despite protests Sudan's Kiir accuses North of oil grab Bashir won 68 percent of the presidential vote, while Salva Kiir retained his job as the president of Sudan's semi- autonomous south, with 92.99 percent of the vote in that race, Sudan's National Elections Commission announced. After a vote that outside observers said fell short of global standards, Bashir is expected to form a coalition with Kiir as the country heads toward a 2011 referendum on whether south Sudan should split off and become Africa's newest state. Bashir had hoped a win in legitimate polls would help him defy the ICC warrant, in which he is accused of ordering a campaign of murder, torture and rape in Sudan's Darfur region. But the polls intended to mark Sudan's transformation into a democratic state were marred by widespread charges of fraud, including from Kiir's Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), suggesting the new ruling coalition will be a fragile one. Bashir appeared on state television soon after the result saying the Sudanese people "have achieved this moral victory before the eyes of the world in a civilised, high class and shared manner".

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