Thousands of jubilant southern Sudanese queued through the night to cast their vote in a week-long independence referendum which is expected to divide Africa’s largest country. However, the celebrations were marred with deadly tribal clashes.
AFP - Southern Sudanese began voting on Sunday in a week-long independence referendum expected to lead to the partition of Africa's largest nation and the creation of the world's 193rd UN member state.
IN PICTURES: REFERENDUM COUNTDOWN
A woman shows the symbols for the two choices on the South Sudanese referendum ballot: an open hand for separation (left), two hands together for unity (right). ©AFP
A giant screen in Juba's centre counts down the days, minutes and seconds left before polls open. © Melissa Bell
The flag of South Sudan already flies in Juba. There is no doubt as to which way Sunday's vote will go. © Melissa Bell
The memory of decades of war gives way to dancing in Juba, just days ahead of the referendum poll. © Melissa Bell
Date created : 2011-01-09