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25 april 2010 - Friendship Hall Theatre, Karthoum, Sudan - Sudaneses attending a press conference. Al-Hadi Mohammed Ahmed , the head of the technical committee of the The Sudan National Elections Commission (NEC), since several days is giving the results from different Sudanese States. Residents of the African nation of Sudan recently cast votes in the first national election in over 20 years. Official results are still forthcoming, but early indications show that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is set to win a landslide victory. Opposition parties are threatening to boycott the results, as a statement from the U.S. White House described the election as plagued by "serious irregularities". The election is also seen as prelude to another upcoming vote: a referendum of independence for Southern Sudan in 2011 that could create a new African nation. Photo credit: Benedicte Desrus