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  Sudan: Southern Referendum and Its Possible Implications
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News DateThursday, December 2, 2010 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPretoria — On 9 January 2011, Sudan, Africa`s largest country by territory, faces a decisive moment. Its semi autonomous South goes to a referendum to decide whether to remain part of a united Sudan or to secede. In a separate plebiscite, the people of the oil rich Abyei region, located at the North-South border, will choose to either join the South or remain with the North in the event of a Southern secession.

In a country where, in geopolitical terms, the idea of the 'State' seems to be in perpetual conflict with that of 'ethnic and religious' identities, the upcoming plescibite will be significant, not only for the future of this benighted country, but also for the strategic and security interests of its neighbours and the broader international community. The referendum, regardless of its outcome, promises to alter the face of Sudan and the question of what will happen after, remains key at this point in time.

With less than eight weeks to go, tensions have been rising with the two sides, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), exchanging recriminations over, among others, the voter registration process and allegations over attempts to manipulate the outcome of the referendum.
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