Sunday, 30 January 2011

Over 99 percent in Southern Sudan vote for secession

Filed under: Africa files — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:20 PDT

JUBA, Sudan (AP) — Southern Sudan’s referendum commission said Sunday that more than 99 percent of voters in the south opted to secede from the country’s north in a vote held earlier this month.

The announcement drew cheers from a crowd of thousands that gathered in Juba, the dusty capital of what may become the world’s newest country.

The weeklong vote, held in early January and widely praised for being peaceful and for meeting international standards, was a condition of a 2005 peace agreement that ended a north-south civil war that lasted two decades and killed 2 million people.

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