Obama: Sudan referendum should happen without intimidation

January 9, 2011 23:33

US President Barack Obama hailed the start of the referendum, which he said will have consequences not only for Sudan, but also for sub-Saharan Africa and the world.

"We know that there are those who may try to disrupt the voting," Obama said in a statement. But he called on those who oppose the poll to allow it to go forward without "intimidation and coercion."Foreign officials including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Sen. John Kerry and actor and Sudan activist George Clooney were in Juba for the start of the vote.

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