The release of referendum results for Southern Sudan’s historic independence showing that 98.83 percent voted for secession means formal independence is scheduled for 9 July 2011, but key challenges still remain to be negotiated.
The referendum on the future of the largest nation in Africa is complete. Going by the threshold of 60 percent required to make the referendum binding and the exit polls, the people of Southern Sudan voted for self-determination by the fourth day of the ballot.
The flurry of activity by foreign governments in Southern Sudan in the run-up to the Jan. 9 vote is not without cause. That is why our forefathers argued that dogs howl and bite one another only because a cow has died, something meaty is at stake and it is juicy. Southern Sudan perfectly fits this analogy because indeed there is cause for the flurry of intense activity – what with meaty and juicy stakes?
All the neighbours of Sudan are watching. Africa is watching. The whole world is watching. However, the Southerners strongly believe it is more to do with them and not the world.