South Sudan votes overwhelmingly for secession

Sudan referendum

Sudan referendum

98% of Southern Sudanese have chosen independence from their northern neighbours. Those are the final results of a vote on secession that has been qualified as free and fair.  The referendum is a crucial step in the Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement which will see Africa’s largest country split in two.  It is an important moment in history that could bring durable peace or re-ignite civil war, according to international observers.  There are a number of issues to be resolved before the final separation expected for July 9th such as the demarcation of borders, the sharing of oil revenues, and the status of Abyei, a disputed region which lies between the North and South of Sudan.  Darrin Farrant, spokesperson of the Secretary General’s Panel on the Referenda in Sudan, spoke to our colleague, Reem Abaza after the results came in.

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