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Bashir Seen Winning Sudan Re-Election as Opposition Split

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A war crimes indictment and a role in the dismembering of a united Sudan aren’t hindering President Umar al-Bashir’s chances at re-election, according to analysts who say he’s certain to win the three-day vote that started Monday.

Polling stations in the North African nation opened at 8 a.m. local time and the government has declared a national holiday to encourage participation, election official al-Hadi Mohamed Ahmed said by phone from the capital, Khartoum.