France 'accepts' re-election of Sudanese President al-Bashir

Paris- France (PANA) -- France has taken note of the result of the Sudanese gener al elections in which incumbent President Omar al-Bashir was declared winner by t he Electoral Commission with nearly 68% of the votes cast, according to a statem e nt issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and copied to PANA Tuesday i n Paris.
According to the statement, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that despite irregularities, the general elections of 11 April had enabled Sudan to m ake a stride in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) si g ned in 2005.
"France also hopes that these elections will contribute to the future process of democratic transformation in Sudan, in accordance with the CPA and calls on the authorities and all political actors in Sudan to continue their efforts towards g reater democratic openness," the statement said.
It quoted the French government as saying that "the priority now should be to pr epare for a referendum in 2011 for Abyei, Southern Sudan, and consultations in s t ates of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.
"France calls on both parties to the Peace Agreement to increase efforts to prep are for these events," the Quai d'Orsay said while reiterating the commitment of the French authorities to continue to support peace and stability in Sudan.
The Sudanese general elections also saw the re-election of former rebel leader, Salva Kir, candidate of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) and head o f the semi-autonomous region of the southern Sudan.
According to provisional official results, Kir, who is cumulatively Vice-Preside nt of Sudan, garnered nearly 92.
9% of votes cast against 7.
01% for his opponent, Lam Akol, the former Sudanese foreign minister from 2005 to 2007.
Nearly 16 million people were expected to vote from 11-15 April to elect members of parliament and governors during the elections, the first since 1986.

27 april 2010 16:46:00

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