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Jan312011

Near-Unanimous Vote for South Sudan Secession

Photo Courtesy - ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(KHARTOUM, Sudan) -- With 100 percent of polling results in and counted, South Sudan officials have announced that 98.83 percent of votes cast were for secession, making the split of Africa's largest country inevitable.

The official preliminary results announcement will happen on Wednesday. If Khartoum doesn't challenge them in court, the final results of the referendum will be declared Feb. 7. The South, however, will not officially become its own country until July, after issues of citizenship, border demarcation and oil revenue sharing are decided.

Khartoum officials reiterated on Monday that they will peacefully accept Southern independence. They have also agreed to allow former South African President Thabo Mbeki to mediate an agreement on the disputed border region of Abyei.

But officials are also saying publicly that they want Sudan off the U.S. terror sanctions list, which it's been on for more than a decade.

Sudan activists and aid agencies say the U.S. and the international community must continue to pressure Khartoum for peace in Darfur as well or continue to risk instability for the entire region.

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