During a quarter-century in power, President Omar al-Bashir has succeeded in keeping an iron grip on Sudan despite repeated disasters that would have toppled many leaders. This week's election seems certain to entrench his rule.
Sudan lost a third of its territory as South Sudan broke away. The country has been torn by internal wars and battered by international sanctions for alleged support of terrorism. Al-Bashir is the world's first sitting president wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. And poverty is a constant.
Al-Bashir's success has come in part from a heavy security hand that has silenced dissent. Despairing of any vote breaking his grip, few Sudanese turned out for an election extended over four days that ended Thursday. But snapshots can be found of Sudan's dissent and discontent.
Despairing of any vote breaking his grip, few Sudanese turned out for an election extended over four days that ended Thursday.
In this Monday, April 13, 2015 photo, Amin Mekki Medani, top lawyer and rights advocate, speaks during an interview in his house, Khartoum, Sudan. At midnight on Dec. 6, security forces descended on the home of Medani. He had just gotten back from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where he had successfully pushed Sudan’s opposition parties to sign onto a document known as “Sudan Call,” pushing al-Bashir to postpone elections, form a unity government, amend the constitution and hold a free and fair vote. The 76-year-old lawyer spent the next 15 days in solidarity confinement, a small cell with no windows, a mattress on the floor and a neon light and air conditioning blasting non-stop. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
The Ghost House
In this Sunday, April 12, 2015 photo, Madeha Abdullah, chief editor of al-Midan weekly, a mouthpiece of Sudan's Communist party, poses for a portrait during an interview in her office, in Khartoum, Sudan. When the weekly newspaper Al-Midan ran a statement by a rebel group supporting protesters demanding better services, authorities quickly confiscated the edition. Abdullah, was hauled before prosecutors and charged with “attempting to topple the constitutional system” _ a crime punishable by death. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
The newspaper editor
The 76-year-old lawyer spent the next 15 days in solitary confinement, a small cell with no windows, a mattress on the floor and a neon light and air conditioning blasting non-stop.