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Vol 52 No 14

Published 8th July 2011

South Sudan

The clock strikes zero

After the celebrations, the Juba government will battle to meet its people’s dreams and handle relations with Khartoum

History is made in Sudan this week. Dignitaries from across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas flew into Juba, the makeshift capital of the new Republic of South Sudan, which will become Africa’s 53rd sovereign state and the world’s 194th on 9 July. The RSS (though some Southerners are calling it ROSS) is born to overwhelming public rejoicing, the culmination of a liberation struggle that officially dates beyond British colonialism to 1820, the eve of the Turkish invasion.

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