99% Vote For Secession, According To Preliminary Referendum Results

31 January, 2011 (Sudan Radio Service)

Preliminary results announced Sunday by the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission has confirmed 99 percent of southern Sudanese have voted for independence from the North.

The Deputy Chairman of the Commission and the Head of the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau, Justice Chan Reech Madut announced the preliminary results at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum in Juba on Sunday.

[Chan Reech] “The percentage of voting turn – out was 99 percent. The total number for unity in the whole of southern Sudan is 16 thousand 1 hundred and 29 thousand that represent 0 point 43 percent. Those who voted for separation in southern Sudan where 3 million 6 hundred and 97 thousand 4 hundred and 67 the percentage is 99 point 57 percent.”

The announcement of the preliminary results for the ten southern states was witnessed by the Chairman of Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, Professor Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil, members of south Sudan Referendum Commission, Domestic and international observers from various observer mission groups.

Professor Ibrahim Khalil went on to announce the preliminary results for the fifteen northern states and of the eight countries from Diaspora.

[Mohamed Ibrahim] “So the grand total for the north and the outside countries voting is 23 percent for unity and 77 percent for secession.”

The southern Sudan referendum was part of a 2005 peace deal between the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement and the National Congress Party.


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