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Article published the Tuesday 08 February 2011 - Latest update : Tuesday 08 February 2011

South Sudan votes for independence

South Sudan Referendum Commission chair Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil (L) gives the results to Sudan's VP Salva Kiir


South Sudan announced its official results on the referendum, showing that 98.83 per cent voted for secession. The results were revealed at a lavish ceremony in Khartoum.

"The referendum was correct, accurate and transparent and we have no objection to the results," said referendum chairman Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil.

People gathered at former rebel leader John Garang's mausoleum in Juba to watch the ceremony via satellite. More than 1,000 people cheered loudly when the result was announced.

President Omar al-Bashir said earlier Khartoum had accepted the south's decision to become independent. In a statement read out on state television, Bashir said he remained committed to good relations between the north and the south.

"We respect the people of south Sudan's choice and we accept the result of the referendum according to what the commission announces," said the statement.

US President Barack Obama said Washington would recognise South Sudan as a free and sovereign state in July when the handover is official. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton promised that the EU would work with the new country, while US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton called on both the north and south to continue to work through the post referendum arrangements.



tags: Referendum - Sudan - USA
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Comments (2)

regadrad's the freedom to south sudanese

it's the voicese of the dised calling nd it's been answeard

It is a good news,as long as it brings peace

War has more negative effect than positive effect,so the people of southern sudan have made a good decision and everybody should embrace it.

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