Sudan: 109-year-old voter makes headlines in Sudan polls

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A 109-year-old woman who trekked to a polling booth to cast her vote in Sudan's ongoing presidential and parliamentary polls made newspaper headlines in the North African nation on Wednesday.

PANA reports that Fatima Ismail Mohamed Ali voted Tuesday, the second day of the three-day polls, apparently for incumbent President Omar Al-Bashir.

"Why do you want to change Bashir (the president) and Haroon (North Kordufan governor), they are good," she reportedly said.

When informed the elections might keep them (Bashir and Haroon) in office for another five years, Fatima retorted: "In this case am doing it (voting) for Bashir and Haroon."

The Independent daily, Akhbar al youm, featured a picture of the frail and bent woman on her way to the polling station in Kadada centre, north Kordufan state.

Al-Bashir, who came to power in a bloodless coup d'état in June 1989, has since been elected twice (in 2005 and 2010).

He is seeking a third term, and his ruling National Congress party is widely tipped to win the election in the absence of a vigorous opposition.

PANA reports that the old woman made headlines because Sudanese are known to be generally reticent about going to polling stations.

The participation of such people as 109-year-old Fatima has "sparked enthusiasm among the young people in the area", the daily Akhbar al Youm said.
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15 avril 2015 12:29:53

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