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Reuters: Sudan facing most complex elections on record: UN. Sudan must overcome "tremendous challenges" to hold a complex election that forms a key part of a peace accord, a U.N. official said on Wednesday. The vote set for April 2010 is crucial to the success of the accord, which ended a civil war between north and south Sudan, and to the chances of Sudan reaching long-term stability. It will be the first multi-party elections in Africa's largest country in more than 20 years. The U.N.'s chief electoral affairs officer in Sudan, Ray Kennedy, told a news briefing the Sudanese organisers were facing a series of problems. One challenge was the election's complexity, with six votes running at the same time using a range of voting methods. "I have been working in elections for 20 years and these are the most complex arrangements I have ever been involved in," Kennedy told Reuters after the briefing.

Reuters: U.N. council condemns deadly attack in south Sudan. Members of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday condemned an attack in southern Sudan by heavily armed tribal fighters on a rival group that killed some 185 people, mostly women and children. "The council members condemn these grave attacks, especially the targeting of women and children using sophisticated weaponry," Britain's U.N. Ambassador John Sawers, president of the Security Council for August, told reporters. The Sunday morning raid was the latest in a series of bloody ethnic clashes. "There is a degree of urgency now in preventing this spiral of violence which is affecting southern Sudan and, if continued, could have a political effect on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement," Sawers said.

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