The unshakeable ruler of Sudan - Omar Al-Bashir
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The unshakeable ruler of Sudan - Omar Al-Bashir

3 Jun 2015 | By Siripriya

War-crimes accused Bashir sworn-in as President

Omar Al-Bashir was sworn-in as President of Sudan for another five years.

He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.

Bashir won the elections with a landslide victory. "Our programme for the next five years will look to the future, and we will open a new page" he said, after taking the oath at the National Assembly in the city of Omdurman.

Timeline

21 Oct 2014: Sudan’s President to seek re-election in 2015

Omar Al-Bashir was re-elected as National Congress Party's leader and Presidential candidate. As the head of the ruling party, the Sudanese President was chosen to stand for re-election in 2015.

He has been in power since the 1989 coup.

ICC issued an arrest warrant for Bashir, on the charges of genocide and war crimes.

He dismissed them and refused to deal with the court.

14 Dec 2014: ICC halts investigation: Bashir celebrates

ICC halts investigation: Bashir celebrates

Omar Al-Bashir, wanted by ICC over alleged atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region, has hailed the court's suspension of further investigations.

The investigations were halted to "shift resources to other urgent cases".

Darfur entered into conflict in 2003 when ethnic insurgents rebelled against the Govt. for being marginalized. President Bashir accused ICC as one of the "tools aimed to humiliate and subjugate" his country.

Fact: The only head of a state facing genocide charges

Al-Bashir is the only sitting head of state facing genocide charges at the ICC. Before seizing power, he was a commander in the army responsible for leading operations against rebels in the South of Sudan.

13 Apr 2015: Sudan begins voting for the Presidential election

Sudan had begun voting for the Presidential election, which was widely in favor of the President Omar Al-Bashir. Nearly 13 million people were registered to vote.

Bashir, who ruled Sudan unchallenged for 25-years was expected to win the election without major opposition.

Opposition parties boycotted the vote, citing lack of freedom of speech and assembly.

27 Apr 2015: Resounding victory for Bashir in the 2015 re-election

Resounding victory for Bashir in the 2015 re-election

Sudan's incumbent president Omar Al-Bashir won with 94% of the votes in the re-election.

The voting which took place over four days had a voter turnout estimated at 46.4%. The opposition boycotted the vote, after the Government's refusal to postpone elections and said it would not recognize the election results.

It is significant for Bashir to remain in power amidst the ICC's accusations.

3 Jun 2015: War-crimes accused Bashir sworn-in as President

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