Bashir Has Clear Path to New Term in Boycotted Sudan Elections
National elections began Monday in Sudan with voters sure to give a new term to President Omar al-Bashir and a victory to his National Congress Party because of a boycott by the country's main opposition parties.
Mr. Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges, has been in power since 1989 and won a 2010 vote that the opposition alleged was rigged. Voters have only the president and a collection of minor candidates to choose from in the election that runs through Wednesday.
The European Union, United States, Britain and Norway have all criticized the election, saying the lack of a promised national dialogue has left Sudan without an inclusive political process.
Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign policy chief, said the election "cannot produce a credible result with legitimacy throughout the country."
Mr. Bashir has promised peace, development and improvements for the country's economy as up to 13 million voters take part in the first presidential election since South Sudan seceded in 2011, taking with it a vast majority of Sudan's former oil resources.
Rubio Set to Join 2016 US Presidential Race
The race to become the next U.S. president is quickly getting crowded, with Senator Marco Rubio set to announce his bid Monday, a day after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched her campaign.
The 43-year-old Rubio, who is the son of Cuban immigrants, is expected to formally join the race at an event Monday evening in Miami at the site where authorities first registered Cubans fleeing the government of Fidel Castro in the 1960s.
A video promoting the announcement casts Rubio's campaign as a "new direction for America." It features clips of speeches where he promotes the need for the U.S. to be a strong world leader and criticizes the policies of President Barack Obama.
Rubio will be the third Republican to compete for the party's nomination for the 2016 election, joining fellow Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are also expected to run.
Clinton announced her candidacy to be the Democratic nominee in an online video Sunday in which she promised to work for the middle class.