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With most votes count- ed in Southern Sudan's referendum, 99% of people have opted for independ- ence from the north, officials say. Official results are due later on this month but correspondents say the outcome of the week-long poll is not in doubt.
However, the former rebels now running oil- rich Southern Sudan have urged people not to celebrate yet. President Omar
al-Bashir has said he will accept the result of the vote, which was held after years of war.
The results published on a website published by the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission indicates that Just 1.4% of peo- ple have voted for con- tinued unity with the north.
As at press time more than 3m ballots had been counted so far, with several hundred thousands still to come.
Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau spokesman Aleu Garang Aleu said counting should be fin- ished on 31 January and final results announced on 14 February, after any appeals had been dealt with.
If the result is con- firmed, the new coun- try is set to formally declare its independ- ence on 9 July. The mainly
speaking, Muslim north has fought the south, where most are Christian or follow traditional religions, for most of Sudan's post- independence history. In order for the referen- dum to be valid, more than 50% of voters must back secession and at least 60% of registered voters must take part. Election officials have previously said that the 60% threshold had already been passed.
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