Sudan ought to be hailed for taking a bold step to hold the first multiparty elections in decades. The elections, set to be held next week, are crucial to healing the conflict-plagued nation and advancing democracy.
It is however disturbing that mistrust and political chest-thumping have characterized both opposition and pro-government parties. This does not augur well for a nation that seeks to heal from decades of civil war that has cost over 2 million lives.
The African Executive appeals to both parties to exercise restraint, allow the will of the citizenry to prevail and demonstrate sound leadership at this strategic turning point in the nationís history. Democracy is a process- and elections are just a fraction of that process. The Sudanese need a right to self determination and charting their own economic future. Their quest ought not to be sacrificed on the altar of political egos by a few individuals.
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