Southern Sudan's Historic Independence Referendum

Published January 11th, 2011 - 14:25 GMT

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Men walk down a road in an area for displaced Sudanese in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, Sudan.
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Image 1 of 10: Men walk down a road in an area for displaced Sudanese in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, Sudan.

A man places his vote in a plastic box at a polling station.
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Image 1 of 10: A man places his vote in a plastic box at a polling station.

A woman displays her voting card while in line to vote.
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Image 1 of 10: A woman displays her voting card while in line to vote.

A man votes at a polling station.
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A south Sudanese police officer guards a polling station.
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Salva Kiir Mayardit, acting President of the Government of Southern Sudan, casts his vote during the first day of voting for the independence referendum in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, Sudan.
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Image 1 of 10: Salva Kiir Mayardit, acting President of the Government of Southern Sudan, casts his vote during the first day of voting for the independence referendum in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, Sudan.

A woman votes with her daughter at a polling station.
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Image 1 of 10: A woman votes with her daughter at a polling station.

A woman votes during the first day of voting for the independence referendum.
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Image 1 of 10: A woman votes during the first day of voting for the independence referendum.

A woman places her finger in blue ink after voting.
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American actor George Clooney attends voting ceremonies.
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Image 1 of 10: American actor George Clooney attends voting ceremonies.

A referendum is taking place in Southern Sudan from 9 January until 15 January 2011 on whether the region should remain a part of Sudan or be independent. The referendum is one of the consequences of the 2005 Naivasha Agreement between the Khartoum central government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M).

A simultaneous referendum was supposed be held in Abyei on whether to become part of Southern Sudan but it was postponed due to conflict over demarcation and residency rights.

 

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