Southern Sudan votes to split from the north
February 7th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

Southern Sudan votes to split from the north

Final results of last month's referendum show that an overwhelming majority of southern Sudanese voted to split from the north, a result that will lead to the creation of the world's newest nation, the referendum commission said Monday.

The chairman of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, which organized the vote, said 98.83% voted for separation, while 1.17% voted for unity.

"It was a peaceful process," said chairman Muhammad Ibrahim Khali, in a ceremony in Khartoum attended by Sudanese politicians, international diplomats, U.N. staff, academics and others. "It was a transparent process."

He said "not a single person showed up to appeal the results."

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  1. Was Buf., Now Was.

    This has got to be the first third-world election where a 98%+ result can't be questioned over fairness. The Southerners just wanted to get the heck away from Khartoum. Good for you. Now keep the split amicable, and don't let your government screw your people over oil revenues, and you're on your way.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. oleg

    i guess if they didn't go vote, they would get butchered or something. thats how things are done over their.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Bzzzzzzzz, oleg. That's a foul. Thanks for playing, though!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    He said "not a single person showed up to appeal the results."

    Probably because nobody cares. Instead of one big dungheap, you have two smaller dungheaps.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DerpDiggler

    Shame that both sides are still a bunch of blacks. Guess that'll never changed, but maybe they'll all disappear someday. 🙂

    February 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BigMistake

    Can't we just bring on the end of days already? Don't think I can take another 70 years on planet turd. "Oooh yeah we're so mischievous and unique! Look how fun and clever we all are!" Kill kill kill $$$$$$$ pimps and hoez all the time. Yay fun.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bye

    I think you are all racist, beware don't think you are better

    February 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bye

    Hey deepdigg don't make me angry with your ignorant remarks

    February 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    i hate to tell you this... but were breaking up.. and im taking all the oil with me..

    the north is going to end up like bobby brown..

    February 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    Spain,Russia and Turkey all need to do the same thing as Sudan. It's a tragedy that they won't! What's wrong with these countries anyway?

    February 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Markey Marshall

      I can answer that in two words: Sheer Greed!!!

      February 8, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    Wait! Hold the press! Hold the press! Sudan can't do that. They'll have two soccer teams, and that hardly seems fair. As for Spain, Russia, and Turkey, they are doing just fine. Hi BANASY. Look it's DerpDigger-wonder from what rock he crawled from under.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Here goes this jerk again trying to make a fool out of me. I never posted the above and I never make fun of other peoples' misery. Enough already!!!

      February 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    Pinche way

    February 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. leeintulsa

    They voted and peacefully split after decades of genocide. Wow. Someone must have put something in the water in Africa. Are they 'enlightening'?

    February 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @bye, ola, way. Que paso way.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    didnt we the usa try this..

    February 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Yes: chad recount, tea-party takeover, Obamacare repeal and bias a--zz federal judges over ruling every civic power to name a few...

      February 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
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