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National Elections and Political Accommodation in the Sudan

Written in the lead-up to the 2010 general elections in Sudan, this paper explores the nexus between elections and political accommodation in Sudan. It asks the question of whether elections alone can achieve the high degree of political accommodation necessary to avoid potentially-violent disputes, sustain the CPA and engage the parties to the conflict in Darfur in a meaningful dialogue. Put simply: Can elections alone achieve effective political accommodation and thereby help to build peace? The paper finds that the process and likely outcomes of elections, in the absence of other modalities, will not achieve effective political accommodation in the Sudan, and as such will not deliver on the desire for equitable sharing of power at the core of the CPA.

Gerard Mc Hugh, National Elections and Political Accommodation in the Sudan, Governance and Peacebuilding Series Briefing Paper No. 2 (Cambridge, MA: Conflict Dynamics International, June 2009)

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