Final tally: 98 pct in S. Sudan vote for separation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Election officials say the final results from last month

South Sudanese men wait to casts their vote at a polling station in Juba, Southern Sudan, Monday, Jan 10, 2011. Thousands of people began casting ballots Sunday during a weeklong vote to choose the destiny of this war-ravaged and desperately poor but oil-rich region. The mainly Christian south is widely expected to secede from the mainly Muslim north, splitting Africa's largest country in two.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

JUBA, Sudan (AP) - Election officials say the final results from last month's vote in Southern Sudan show that more than 98 percent of the ballots were cast for independence.

The results mean that Southern Sudan will become the world's newest country in July. Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir said Monday he accepts the outcome of the vote.

North and South Sudan fought a decades-long civil war that ended in 2005 with a peace agreement that guaranteed last month's vote. More than 2 million people died in the war between 1983 and 2005.

The two sides must still negotiate citizenship rights, oil rights and border demarcation.
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