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April 13, 2023

Bloomberg: Carter Says Sudan Vote Is Key to Southern Referendum. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that while Sudan's first multiparty elections in 24 years have "serious faults," they are vital to ensuring Southern Sudan is able to hold a referendum on independence next year. "We're looking forward to the culmination of the entire process, and this is an unavoidable step in that process," Carter said in an interview yesterday in Southern Sudan's capital, Juba. "And although there will be serious faults in the election, there is no doubt about that, which we'll assess later on, it has to be done."

Reuters: Sudan vote errors hit turnout - officials. Sudanese politicians said on Tuesday poor logistics were preventing hundreds of thousands of voters from taking part in the country's first full election in 24 years, with some early turnout figures below 10 percent. 

AFP: 'No rush' to vote in Sudan after polling extended. udanese trickled into polling stations on Tuesday following a two-day extension of the vote aimed at making up for a chaotic start to the country's first competitive election in over two decades. "The pressure is off now because of the extension. People don't have to rush in, they can take their time a little," said Ghada Abdelbaset, one of the staff on hand at a polling station set up at a school in Khartoum.

VOA: Security Concerns Remain as Southern Sudan Approaches 2011 Referendum. A recent report on disarmament indicates a security vacuum exists in parts of southern Sudan that could plague the region as it approaches the 2011 referendum. According to the brief, disarmament remains one of the south's most pressing concerns.  The government of southern Sudan has been attempting to disarm the region since the signing of the peace agreement, but the process has been difficult. Almost 40 percent of the households surveyed admitted to owning firearms.  The survey indicated doubts about the government's ability to provide security have hampered the disarmament  initiative. 

The New York Times: From Darfur to a Corner of Brooklyn. (PHOTOS) Some arrived as early as 1987, others as recently as this year. Many came by way of Fort Wayne, Ind., where they originally landed as refugees but could not find enough work. Now, more than 300 immigrants from the war-torn Darfur  region of Sudan live in Kensington, Brooklyn, according to the leaders of the Darfur People's Association of New York, a community group. The immigrants in Kensington have been meeting and rallying to express opposition to the incumbent president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has been indicted on crimes against humanity for the bloodshed in Darfur.

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