Southern Sudan Votes 99 to 1 to Secede

Southern Sudan is expected to become a new, independent nation on July 9.

This is the story of how the US, the United Nations, and many international partners enabled the referendum to take place peacefully and credibly.

"Today it was announced that in a landslide vote nearly 99% of Southern Sudanese voters opted to secede from Sudan. The Government of Sudan has formally accepted the outcome, an important step in preserving peace in a region that has suffered through decades of war."

Angela Stephens, USAID Africa Bureau Read the complete article.