n Conflict Trends - Elections in Sudan

Volume 2001, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Sudan recently held both presidential and parliamentary elections. Although these elections were originally scheduled for October 2000, they were eventually held from 13-23 December 2000. In order to appreciate the process and outcome of the elections, the sociopolitical and historical context of Sudan needs to be understood. The country has been engulfed in a protracted intra-state conflict for seventeen years. The main issues of contention have remained the same since Sudan obtained its independence from Britain on 1 January 1965. A large portion of people from the southern part of the country are believed to be fighting for a secular government, or for succession from Sudan.

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