Southern Sudan votes to secede and form its own country

Southern Sudan has voted overwhelmingly to secede and form its own country.

Sudan referendum

Sudan referendum

98.3% of the electorate has chosen independence according to the final results of the Southern Sudan Referendum.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has accepted the results. Originally, he pushed for unity and tried to delay the vote.

Darrin Farrant, a spokesman for the Secretary-General’s Panel on the Referenda in the Sudan says his compromise is a good sign.

“The fact that President Bashir accepts the result is an indication that it’s been credible and accepted, so I think that’s a very positive sign.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the peaceful and credible conduct of the referendum was a triumph for all Sudanese.

He’s now urging the Governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan to build on that momentum to reach an agreement on Abyei, which will hold its own referendum this year on whether to be part of the north or the south.

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