In this April 11, 2015 photo, Sudanese boys walk past an election campaign banner in support of President Omar al-Bashir, in Khartoum, Sudan.(AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
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Sudanese began voting Monday in an election boycotted by the main opposition parties which looks set to extend President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's more than 25 years in power.Voters, who tend to head to the polls later in the day, were thin on the ground in Khartoum early Monday.The boycotting parties say a clampdown on the opposition, media and civil society has created an impossible environment to run against Bashir, who has ruled the country since a 1989 Islamist and army-backed coup.The boycott means voters are left to choose between Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP) and a handful of relatively new groups.Polls opened at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) Monday and 13 million people are eligible to vote, according to the National Election Commission.
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