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Turnout in Southern Sudan vote passes needed 60 per cent

Globe and Mail, Jan 12 2011: More than 60 per cent of registered voters already have cast ballots in an independence referendum, crossing the threshold needed for the vote to be valid if it creates the new country of Southern Sudan as expected, a southern official said Wednesday. The south’s secession would split Africa’s largest country in two and deprive the north of most of its oil fields, though Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said he will let the south go peacefully. Read more

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