Sudan's Bashir re-elected president

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Sudan's Bashir re-elected president

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Sudan has chosen to re-elect President Omar al-Bashir, despite the fact he faces war crimes charges over Darfur.

Election officials say Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, won 68 percent of the vote.

But his victory was marred by the withdrawal of many credible rivals and allegations of voting fraud. Observers say the vote fell well below internatioanl standards.

Bashir controls much of the Islamic-leaning north of Sudan, while the Christian south will be run by Salva Kiir, who picked up 93 percent of a separate regional vote.

The south is expected to split from north Sudan when it holds a referendum on the matter in 2011.

Kiir, a former rebel leader, is now set to form a coalition with his one-time foe Bashir.

Years of civil war were brought to an end in 2005 with the signing of a peace beal between the two sides.

The International Criminal Court issued a warrant for Bashir’s arrest in March 2009 over allegations he ordered a campaign of murder, torture and rape in Darfur.

The 66 year old, who has been in office since 1993, denies all the charges