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Bashir Easily Wins Sudan Election

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir casts his ballot during electons in Khartoum, April 13, 2015.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has won another term in office with 94 percent of the vote in an election boycotted by the opposition.

Election officials announced the results Monday from four days of voting earlier this month that had been widely expected to extend the presidency of Bashir, who has been in power since 1989.

The head of the country's electoral commission said turnout was 46 percent, and insisted that widespread reports of low participation were not accurate.

The European Union, United States, Britain and Norway all criticized the election, saying the lack of a promised national dialogue left Sudan without an inclusive political process.

U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Monday the Untied States does not consider the outcome to be a "credible expression" of the will of the Sudanese people. "We regret the government of Sudan's failure to create a free, fair and conducive elections environment," he said.

Bashir, 71, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges, faced only a collection of minor candidates with the main opposition group deciding to boycott the vote.

He has pledged to work on peace, development and improvements for the country's economy.

Bashir must remain in office to ensure he is never sent to the Hague to face the genocide charges.

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