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Sudan referendum expected to end in partition

Announcement of the referendum result is expected in early February, and is almost certain to result in secession

JANUARY's referendum in oil-rich southern Sudan is almost certain to result in a vote in favour of secession from the north – home to the national government since independence in 1956. But the vote is only the start of what could be a protracted process to negotiate precisely how the country's assets – notably its oil revenues – will be shared. The formal announcement of the referendum result is expected in early February, although the provisional result should be know earlier. An important milestone was passed on 12 January when the turnout passed 60% of registered voters, a level necessary to declare the vote valid. The referendum is the latest stage in a protracted process to end decad

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