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Nearly 99% in S. Sudan vote for independence

South Sudan almost unanimously voted to declare independence from the north in a referendum, officials said yesterday, sparking mass celebrations in the southern capital Juba.

JUBA, Sudan – South Sudan almost unanimously voted to declare independence from the north in a referendum, officials said yesterday, sparking mass celebrations in the southern capital Juba.

Thousands cheered, danced and ululated after officials announced the first official preliminary results which overall showed a 98.83 percent majority for separation, according to the vote’s website.

 
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