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South Sudan launches passports and national ID cards

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January 3, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan has launched official passports and identity cards for the first time since the country’s independence in July.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit announced the official launch of the documents at a ceremony in Juba the Sudan Radio Service reported on 3 January.

Kiir demonstrated his own documents adding that they were the property of South Sudan. The launch of the ID documents is the latest stage in adjusting to the country’s secession from north Sudan as part of a landmark 2005 peace deal, which ended decades of conflict.

"During the time of the struggle when we were at war, there were friendly countries that gave us their passports that we used for travelling, and other travelling documents as well we used them. And today we have our own documents and we must own these documents with seriousness, these are the first documents that we are going to own as a new country."

The President warned South Sudan’s interior and foreign ministries to only issue diplomatic passports to deserving people. It would "tarnish the image of the citizens of South Sudan. Don’t allow this again".

The new passport is internationally recognised, Kiir said.

In July 2011 South Sudan introduced a new currency, the South Sudanese Pound (SSP).

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  • 5 January 2012 05:13, by NUER ONE

    THIS TIME ONLY FOR SUDANES, NOT THAT MISTAKE YOU DID LAST YEAR,MANY UGADANS AND KENYAS ARE ZANDES,ACHOLI,LUGDARA,etc.

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    • 5 January 2012 05:40, by Hardball

      Passports and ID cards are two of the documents that defines any Nation sovereignty. They need to be highly design with complexity to evade any forgery. It’s about time, get the job done with technical perfection to keep the northerners off the fence!

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    • 5 January 2012 10:21, by Lual Peter Dau

      many thank to our Government of South Sudan. on the behalf of students leadership in diapora., I am requesting our Government to issue our National ID and our new Passport. to South. Sudanese Students learning outside at lowers price.
      through my assessment, many students are self sponsored, others may not afforded at all.

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    • 5 January 2012 12:39, by wisemen.

      Nuer one or two

      You need to know how to talk cause if you don’t know i will teach u how to talk in public.

      when did you know how to talk wait u will see what will Murule do for u
      do u think that u have finished with Murule in Jongile

      God Bless
      South Sudan

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      • 7 January 2012 04:00, by mayiik Albino.

        hey bro Nuer or whoever u call urself do u belive urself ur comment making sense to people of southern sudanese no it not making sense bro let us be people of peace bro what happen s what happen and let fight fore peace bro and make chang to be meanfully chang to southern sudan

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    • 19 January 2013 09:09, by pogorcels

      Sometimes it is so hard to find good and useful posts out there when doing research. Now I will send it to my colleagues as well. Thank you for being one of them.
      Timothy

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  • 5 January 2012 08:05, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Congrats South Sudanese people and President Kiir.

    You have got someone now to count on. Gen Alison of Interior is trying his very best.

    One thing remains of no desire to me and others, hope won’t be repeated by South Sudan Government, the question of dictating on one’s birth day such 01. 01. of the old Sudan. Interior Ministry MUST put in place ways of extracting period one’s birth dates.

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