Tensions are set to rise as the North Sudanese army took control of the oil rich region of Abyei over the weekend. The region, which was supposed to have been included in the independence referendum, was excluded because the north and south could not agree on who should and should not vote.
Today the region stands between the establishment of the new state of South Sudan and a likely war if tensions aren’t eased. The north Sudanese government has said that it will not recognise South Sudan, which is due to become an independent state on 9th July, unless it gives up its claim to the Abyei region.
Over the weekend the Sudanese president, Omar Al-Bashir confirmed that he will not stand for re-election in the next presidential election planned for 2015. He has been in power since 1989.