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Over 99 percent of South Sudanese vote 'yes' to independence

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Latest update : 2011-01-31

The deputy head of the South Sudan referendum commission has officially announced that over 99 percent of voters in the region chose separation from the government of Khartoum in the week-long poll that began on January 9.

REUTERS - More than 99 percent of voters in Sudan’s south chose to separate from the north in a plebiscite intended to end decades of civil war, a referendum official said on Sunday announcing preliminary results.

“The vote for separation was 99.57 percent,” Chan Reek Madut, the deputy head of the commission organising the Jan. 9 week-long referendum told cheering crowds in the first official announcement of results.

The figure did not include voters in north Sudan and other countries, a small proportion of the electorate. Final results are expected early next month.

The vote was promised in a 2005 peace deal which ended decades of north-south conflict, Africa’s longest civil war which cost an estimated 2 million lives killed, forced 4 million to flee and destabilised the region.

Five of the 10 states in Sudan’s oil-producing south showed a 99.9 percent vote for separation and the lowest vote was 95.5 percent in favour in the western state of Bahr al-Ghazal which borders north Sudan.


 

Date created : 2011-01-30

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