No change in Darfur
Whereas the Western Sudanese region of Darfur has been divided since 1994 into five states, its inhabitants have decided that its administrative status will remain unchanged.
This was made explicit by the referendum held from 11 to 13 April 2016 whose results were disclosed on Saturday 23rd. The vast majority of the voters (97%) voted against the full merger of the five current states into a single region. A situation that observers define as being a victory for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir.
Nevertheless the legitimacy of this referendum has been challenged since a number of rebels decided not to participate in said consultation due to the ongoing insecurity. Besides 2.5 million displaced people were not given the possibility to express themselves since they were not registered to vote.
The referendum constitutes the last step in a peace process negotiated in Doha. Rebels have claimed more regional powers to end what they consider as Khartoum's interference in land ownership conflicts.
(With BBC Africa)