S. Sudan early returns show big vote for secession

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 16, 2011 13:54




JUBA, Sudan — Exhausted poll workers posted the first preliminary results from Southern Sudan's week-long independence referendum on Sunday, and an Associated Press count of a small sampling of the returns showed a huge vote for secession.

Sudan's south ended its independence vote Saturday, a vote most everyone believes will split Africa's largest country in two at the divide between Sudan's Muslim north and Christian and animist south. Poll workers counted throughout the night to post results.

An AP review of results at 10 sites in the south's capital of Juba found that almost 96 percent of the almost 30,000 ballots cast were for secession. About 3 percent were for unity and the rest were invalid.


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