South Sudan: World's Newest Nation

Published July 11th, 2011 - 08:17 GMT

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It's official, South Sudan is now a new country. The African region can celebrate this new arrival and new leader, Salva Kiirat, at a time of departures and collapse in the Mid-East.

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Southern Sudanese military helicopters fly an overpass carrying two Southern Sudan flags during a ceremony in the capital Juba on July 9, 2011 to celebrate South Sudan's independence from Sudan.
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Image 1 of 11:  1 / 11Southern Sudanese military helicopters fly an overpass carrying two Southern Sudan flags during a ceremony in the capital Juba on July 9, 2011 to celebrate South Sudan's independence from Sudan.

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A South African soldier rides a commando truck as they follow the South Africa's President Jacob Zuma's arrival to the ceremony in the capital Juba.
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Image 2 of 11:  2 / 11A South African soldier rides a commando truck as they follow the South Africa's President Jacob Zuma's arrival to the ceremony in the capital Juba.

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The President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir addresses a large crowd gathered for the ceremony in the capital Juba.
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Image 3 of 11:  3 / 11The President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir addresses a large crowd gathered for the ceremony in the capital Juba.

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The President of Sudan, Omar al Bashir, addresses a crowd of thousands during the ceremony in the capital Juba, to celebrate South Sudan's independence from Sudan.
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Image 4 of 11:  4 / 11The President of Sudan, Omar al Bashir, addresses a crowd of thousands during the ceremony in the capital Juba, to celebrate South Sudan's independence from Sudan.

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The President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir waves the newly signed constitution of his country for the crowd to see.
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Image 5 of 11:  5 / 11The President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir waves the newly signed constitution of his country for the crowd to see.

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The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon.
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Haakon, The Crown Prince of Norway, gets ready to speaks during the ceremony in the capital Juba.
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A South Sudanese man disguised as the Statue of Liberty of the US attends celebrations marking South Sudan's independence in Juba  as it seceded from the north and became the world's newest nation.
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Sudanese wave their national flag as they celebrate in Khartoum after South Sudan proclaimed independence from the north, creating the world's newest nation and splitting Africa's largest country in two.
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A traditional Southern Sudanese dancer blows into a horn during the ceremony in the capital Juba.
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Women from a cultural dance troupe parade through Juba.
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Southern Sudanese military helicopters fly an overpass carrying two Southern Sudan flags during a ceremony in the capital Juba on July 9, 2011 to celebrate South Sudan's independence from Sudan.

Image 1 of 11Southern Sudanese military helicopters fly an overpass carrying two Southern Sudan flags during a ceremony in the capital Juba on July 9, 2011 to celebrate South Sudan's independence from Sudan.

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A South African soldier rides a commando truck as they follow the South Africa's President Jacob Zuma's arrival to the ceremony in the capital Juba.

Image 2 of 11A South African soldier rides a commando truck as they follow the South Africa's President Jacob Zuma's arrival to the ceremony in the capital Juba.

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The President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir addresses a large crowd gathered for the ceremony in the capital Juba.

Image 3 of 11The President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir addresses a large crowd gathered for the ceremony in the capital Juba.

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The President of Sudan, Omar al Bashir, addresses a crowd of thousands during the ceremony in the capital Juba, to celebrate South Sudan's independence from Sudan.

Image 4 of 11The President of Sudan, Omar al Bashir, addresses a crowd of thousands during the ceremony in the capital Juba, to celebrate South Sudan's independence from Sudan.

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The President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir waves the newly signed constitution of his country for the crowd to see.

Image 5 of 11The President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir waves the newly signed constitution of his country for the crowd to see.

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The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon.

Image 6 of 11The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon.

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Haakon, The Crown Prince of Norway, gets ready to speaks during the ceremony in the capital Juba.

Image 7 of 11Haakon, The Crown Prince of Norway, gets ready to speaks during the ceremony in the capital Juba.

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A South Sudanese man disguised as the Statue of Liberty of the US attends celebrations marking South Sudan's independence in Juba  as it seceded from the north and became the world's newest nation.

Image 8 of 11A South Sudanese man disguised as the Statue of Liberty of the US attends celebrations marking South Sudan's independence in Juba as it seceded from the north and became the world's newest nation.

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Sudanese wave their national flag as they celebrate in Khartoum after South Sudan proclaimed independence from the north, creating the world's newest nation and splitting Africa's largest country in two.

Image 9 of 11Sudanese wave their national flag as they celebrate in Khartoum after South Sudan proclaimed independence from the north, creating the world's newest nation and splitting Africa's largest country in two.

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A traditional Southern Sudanese dancer blows into a horn during the ceremony in the capital Juba.

Image 10 of 11A traditional Southern Sudanese dancer blows into a horn during the ceremony in the capital Juba.

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Women from a cultural dance troupe parade through Juba.

Image 11 of 11Women from a cultural dance troupe parade through Juba.

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