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Vol 52 No 2

Published 21st January 2011


Birth of a nation

After the jubilation of the referendum vote, six months of tough negotiation and rough politics will lead up to the birth of independent Southern Sudan

Joy reigned from Australia to North America and all over Sudan, especially in the 2,600 polling stations where over 3.9 million people voted in the South, as the independence referendum ended on 15 January and counting began. ‘Today we can be happy for the first time!’ one joyful voter shouted to Africa Confidential at the London polling station.

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