Southern Sudan's Historic Independence Referendum

Published January 11th, 2011 - 14:25 GMT

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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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Men walk down a road in an area for displaced Sudanese in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, Sudan.
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A man places his vote in a plastic box at a polling station.
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A woman displays her voting card while in line to vote.
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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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A woman votes with her daughter at a polling station.
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A woman votes during the first day of voting for the independence referendum.
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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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Men walk down a road in an area for displaced Sudanese in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, Sudan.

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

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A man places his vote in a plastic box at a polling station.

Image 2 of 10A man places his vote in a plastic box at a polling station.

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A woman displays her voting card while in line to vote.

Image 3 of 10A woman displays her voting card while in line to vote.

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A man votes at a polling station.

Image 4 of 10A man votes at a polling station.

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A south Sudanese police officer guards a polling station.

Image 5 of 10A 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.

Image 6 of 10Salva 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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A woman votes with her daughter at a polling station.

Image 7 of 10A woman votes with her daughter at a polling station.

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A woman votes during the first day of voting for the independence referendum.

Image 8 of 10A woman votes during the first day of voting for the independence referendum.

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A woman places her finger in blue ink after voting.

Image 9 of 10A woman places her finger in blue ink after voting.

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American actor George Clooney attends voting ceremonies.

Image 10 of 10American actor George Clooney attends voting ceremonies.

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