Final day of voting in S Sudan

2011-01-15 10:24

Juba, Sudan – A small handful of voters are casting ballots in the final day of Southern Sudan’s weeklong independence referendum.

Results will start trickling in on tomorrow, but there is little suspense. Almost everyone expects the south to vote overwhelmingly to break away from the north, creating the world’s newest country.

Officials have said that more than 60% of the 3.9 million registered voters have cast ballots. That was the threshold for the vote to be valid. The proposal needs only a simple majority to pass.

Sudan’s ruling party in the north said Friday it was ready to accept southern independence. Border demarcation, oil rights and the status of the contested region of Abyei still have to be negotiated.

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