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Saturday, 9 July 2011

9 July 2011. VOR Reports… South Sudan Celebrates Independence

Filed under: breaking news,politics — 01varvara @ 00.00

The Republic of Southern Sudan declared its independence on 9 July 2011. The Sudanese central government in Khartoum recognised the new state within the provincial borders of 1 January 1956. This is the formal termination of a conflict that lasted from the mid-50’s between the northern (mainly Muslim Arabs and mulattoes) and southern (mostly Christian and animist Negroes) parts of Sudan.

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The capital of the new state is located in Juba, and its first president shall be the former commander-in-chief of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army, Lieutenant General Salva Kiir Mayardit, a Roman Catholic from the Dinka people (like the late South Sudanese leader John Garang).

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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit (1951- ) holds aloft a copy of the constitution of the new state.

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The new State of Southern Sudan will be the 193rd member of the United Nations.

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Today, there was a military parade in honour of Independence in Juba, the capital of the new state. In addition, there were many other celebrations of independence throughout the country.

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In January 2011, in accordance with the CPA, a referendum on self-determination in South Sudan saw 98.83 percent of the population voting for independence from the central authorities in Khartoum.

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People reading newspapers on the streets of Juba, the headlines report the independence of South Sudan.

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Sudan was the largest country in land area in Africa, it consisted of 25 states and several regions; Southern Sudan was almost a quarter of the total territory of the old state. After the secession of the southern area, Sudan will no longer be Africa’s largest country.

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The Russian Federation recognises the sovereign statehood of South Sudan, but the exact arrangement of its diplomatic mission is yet to be determined.

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9 July 2011

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