Sudan: Khartoum says elections will be held in disputed regions

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has declared that the presidential and legislative elections next April will be held in Halayeb and Abyei, despite unresolved disputes over the two areas with Egypt and South Sudan respectively.

"The two regions are part of the Sudan and therefore the elections will be organized in both of them," Deputy Chairman of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and Presidential Assistant, Ibrahim Ghandour, was reported by Sudanese media as saying on Thursday.

Halayeb is a mineral rich strategic triangle on the Red Sea area which Egypt wants to annex and convert Sudanese there into Egyptian nationals, according to the Sudan.

The area has been a source of tension between the two countries for almost 40 years now.

Abyei, on the other hand, is one of the points left without resolution after South Sudan’s independence. The oil rich area on the borders is now patrolled by an African Union-UN, Ethiopian-manned troops known as UNISFA.
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08 Janeiro 2015 13:07:49

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