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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sudan Goes to Polls

KHARTOUM, Sudan () -- Sudanese began voting Wednesday in their first national elections in a decade, but the Moslem fundamentalist government of Lieutenant General Omar el-Bashir was expected to retain power.

The country's 10 million voters have until Mar. 17 to cast ballots, so turnout was light when polling stations in the capital opened at 8 a.m. local time. Results are expected by Mar. 20. The long duration is necessary because communications in Sudan, the largest country in Africa, are very poor.

El-Bashir, who installed an Islamic government after taking over in a military coup in 1989, is running for president against 40 other candidates who are not well known.