Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Africa surely expecting are we ready for a new baby "Southern Sudan"

The U.S. special envoy to Sudan visited polling sites in the country's south Monday, on the second day of voting in the landmark independence referendum.  State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters that the polling is off to a good start.

Crowley said the United States is closely monitoring the week-long poll in southern Sudan. "It is a historic occasion in Africa, and, most importantly, for the people of southern Sudan.  All referendum centers opened on time yesterday and have the necessary materials and trained staff.  Notwithstanding some instances of violence, the atmosphere of polling was orderly and peaceful.  There is a robust observer presence at all polling stations.  And we think it is off to a very, very good start," he said.

The referendum is part of the 2005 peace deal that ended 21years of war between Sudan's Muslim-majority north and the mainly Christian and animist south. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has pledged to accept the results.
by Suzanne Presto (Voa news.com)

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