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Omar al-Bashir sworn in as Sudan's president

Iran Press TV

Tue Jun 2, 2015 1:32PM

Sudan's Omar al-Bashir has been sworn in for another five-year term as president, following a landslide victory in a recent election, which was boycotted by the opposition and marred by allegations of fraud.

Bashir took the oath on Tuesday in a ceremony held in the capital, Khartoum, in front of parliamentarians, army chiefs and leaders and representatives from other countries.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe attended the ceremony, which was held at Sudan's national assembly building in the country's largest city of Omdurman.

The 71-year-old president won the presidential election in April with 94 percent of the votes. However, the election was marred by a low turnout and allegations of vote fraud.

Dressed in traditional clothes, Bashir delivered a speech in the Tuesday ceremony, vowing to fight corruption and to speed up economic growth. He also promised to give amnesty to those opposition members accepting his proposals for peace.

Bashir rose to power in a coup in 1989. He faces charges of genocide by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over a conflict in the western region of Darfur. The United Nations claims more than 300,000 people were killed and around two million were displaced in the government's alleged military crackdown on armed rebels there.

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