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South Sudan referendum

South Sudan referendum

epa02521121 US actor George Clooney (R) shake hands with Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) President Salva Kiir Mayardit (L) during the referendum on the independence of South Sudan at a polling station in Juba, Southern Sudan, 09 January 2011. Southern Sudanese went to the polls in a historic referendum that is widely expected to see them vote to split from the north. The week-long vote is the centerpiece of a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war between the mainly Muslim north and the Christian and Animist south - a conflict which claimed the lives of more than 2 million southerners and displaced 4 million more. An emotional Salva Kiir, president of Southern Sudan, choked back tears as he cast his ballot and dedicated the vote to independence leader John Garang - who died in a 2005 helicopter crash - and all those who perished in the war. Just unde
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