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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gives a speech during the celebration to mark 59 years of independence from Britain, in Khartoum on December 31, 2014. Bashir said elections slated for April and widely expected to extend his rule must go ahead on schedule to preserve stability, despite opposition calls for a delay. AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gives a speech during the celebration to mark 59 years of independence from Britain, in Khartoum on December 31, 2014. Bashir said elections slated for April and widely expected to extend his rule must go ahead on schedule to preserve stability, despite opposition calls for a delay. AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY        (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)