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South Sudan referendum: 99 pc vote for independence

Some 99 per cent of South Sudanese voted to secede from the north, according to the first complete results of the region’s independence referendum, The BBC informed on Sunday. A total of 99.57 percent of those polled voted for independence, according to the referendum commission. Early counting had put the outcome of the ballot beyond doubt, indicating Southern Sudan had secured a mandate to become the world’s new­est nation. The poll was agreed as part of a 2005 peace deal.

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