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Sudan officially recognizes referendum outcome


January 31, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese government today declared that it accepts the preliminary results of the referendum in the South Sudan which came overwhelmingly in favor of independence.

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Sudan’s Vice President Ali Osman Taha speaks during a news conference in Khartoum, Jan 31, 2011. (Reuters)

"We declare our agreement and our acceptance of the preliminary results of the referendum announced yesterday and we will directly embark on the arrangements which will follow this phase," said Sudan’s Vice-President Ali Osman Taha in a press conference held in Khartoum on Monday.

"We wish our brothers in the South good luck and a fruitful future in organizing the issues surrounding the new country," he added.

This month, millions of Southerners inside Sudan and abroad cast their ballots to decide on the fate of the semi-autonomous region whether it should remain united with the North or secede.

The results will become final in February after the expiration of the appeal period during which challenges can be made. Taha said the official announcement of the new South Sudan state would be made by the presidency.

The new state will see the light legally at the end of the interim period on July 9th.

The North and the South however have to resolve a number of contentious post-referendum issues such as Abyei, border demarcation, citizenship, oil sharing, national debt and international agreements.

The Sudanese Vice-President expressed hope that the "positive spirit" encountered during the referendum process would lead to containing any tensions resulting from the disagreement on these outstanding items.

He emphasized that both sides are genuine in their efforts to find a political settlement to the issue of the Abyei and prevent any unilateral decisions.

"We have agreed that the current administrative, political and security arrangements at Abyei would continue," Taha said.

More than 37 people died in clashes in Abyei earlier this month, amid deadlock over the delayed plebiscite on whether it stays with the North or joins the South. The main point of disagreement is on who is eligible to vote.

"It has been agreed that joint forces would be dispatched in Abyei and remove the South Sudan Police force which recently entered the area," Taha said.

The Sudanese Vice-president further said a smooth arrangement would be made with regard to dismissing Southerners employees in civil administration and military services.

He also underscored that the North and South both ruled out any prospects of dual citizenship.

At the African Union summit held in Addis Ababa, Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir recalled his government’s facilitation of the referendum process and called for support from the international community particularly with regard to debt and unilateral sanctions imposed by the US.


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  • 1 February 2011 11:15, by Nhomlawda

    Thank you H.E. Taha and NIF/NCP regime for accepting truth. Advise your hardline Islamists not to support rebels in south Sudan so that we can live in peace.
    Don’t forget Abyei case and border demacation. We need those two issues handled in good faith and according to CPA provisions.
    We are all tired of wars and need lasting peace.
    Enjoy your Sharia law and bye bye.

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    • 1 February 2011 13:04, by Kolnyang youth

      Thank to Sudanese political leaders both in South and North

      Professor Ali Taha and Late Dr.John garang should called be heroes of peace in Sudan ,Bravo to you Ali osman Taha ,you brought the peace ,you should make sure implement all the protocols CPA as you agreement and signed all the documents in the CPA ,now you are violating other such as abyei ,border demarcation why do you simplify yourself,you are know in the world Dr.of philosophy ?


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    • 1 February 2011 17:26, by Ajok Garang

      Indeed no one is going to complain about the results wether being to day or here by 14th feb 2011 ,we knew that all the southerners who voted last month voted for separations ,and we shall govern overselves without anybody .thanks for the acceptance for the preliminary results .
      Ajok Garang Ajok .

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  • 1 February 2011 11:23, by Rev John Khamis Kamunde

    We wish our brothers in the South good luck and friutful future:That is what we were exprcting from you Mr vice president.
    For us it is a good news that the Khartoum government is recognizing the pliminary result which shows that,the final result will also be acknowledge.

    My brethren in the South,let us still continue to pray so that God Almighty will lead us in the spirit of unity among our selves,and rule out the bad spirit of TRIBALISM.
    We should stop calling people by their tribes,but by their names,and please my dear Southerners let abstain our self from hatret.

    Finaly we should not forget to give honour to our God for having directing us to achieve this historical monent thanks.

    Rev Kamunde.

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  • 1 February 2011 11:24, by Kuer Dau Apai

    Thank NCP and Northerners for having accepted the wonderful results of Referendum although after the hardest trial to block the So-called CPA with its processes and until you had no way-out within the international communities and Southerners squeezed pressure urging the NCP to accept processes otherwise other means------. Despite this acceptance and sincerest being at the last stage still the southerners and SPLM will have to recognise this crucial relationship between the two-nations (New South Sudan and North Sudan).

    The outlined issues such as Abyei, border demarcation, citizenship, oil sharing, national debt and international agreements; should be solved in honesty as the best policy.

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  • 1 February 2011 11:29, by Deng E. Manyuon

    Mr Vice President Ali Osman Taha,

    Your government recognition of the preliminary results of the referendum is highly welcomed. Now can you follow that recognition with negotiating outsdanding issues in a good faith.


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  • 1 February 2011 11:30, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Ya ncp will accept the Referendum result from thier own lips, no sneaking out haaaaaaaaaaahaaa.

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  • 1 February 2011 11:54, by Malek David

    Wow, Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers, this is very fantastic ward from Taha. I know with the best to Sudanese unity. will never remain doubt when thing goes like the way Taha and his conterpart from South do.

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  • 1 February 2011 12:01, by Mapuor

    Maa dawama wallah, Dunia ma tingederi.Thank God.Anya-Anya one,martyres,SPLA martyres,and all Southern martyres who were killed in enemy controlled garrisons,wether by SAFs or Nyagats,you have not died in vain.South Sudan indepence is now a reality because of your blood.

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    • 1 February 2011 12:50, by Nan dit

      Bye bye Taha,and all of you brothers and sisters in the Northern part of Sudan.The Independent of our country South Sudan is celeberated even the Soul of our martyres.

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    • 1 February 2011 16:21, by Zacchaeus

      It is good that Sudan is coming to her senses by recognizing the announcement of the long awaited South Sudan Referendum preliminary results. Congratulations!

      When things are out of hand, there is nothing one can do, so! we are out of the North’s hands.


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  • 1 February 2011 12:45, by iHatejalaba

    First of all Taha we are not your brothers we are still enemies even if the south official separated. Nothing will bring us together maybe because of the oil sharing. You’re the master minder of all the genocide that happened in Darfur and in the south. We might have the same skin color but still you’re the common enemy. Well I wish you fruitful future in hell burn and die slow. Bitch

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  • 1 February 2011 13:56, by Chanson

    Bravo H.E vice president Ali Osman Taha.Now you have shown the sense of leadership to the entire world by accepting the referendum outcome.thank for the plan of arrangements which will follow that phase too.

    We are here in the South wishing you good luck too in the North.


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  • 1 February 2011 14:47, by dak ket


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  • 1 February 2011 15:10, by gais juvan

    Yaap Thaha,
    The close monitoring by different observers (national & international) has blocked the Rigging where North Sudan was preparing for, You have known that rigging to win has come into total failure.
    Southerners alone were watching very closerly to the registeration and voting process, Northerners manurvers had decline. Wait now to campaign as northers and you can rigged between yourselves.
    The southerners has NOT version for rigging, copying from the ivory coast should NOT and will NOT be in southern sudan. |When people refuse you then you have to go to the street to look for Job.

    Thanks Readers for always advising the government for the Republic of Southern Sudan. They MUST NOT copy what is now with IVORY COAST.



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  • 1 February 2011 16:47, by Facts Check

    Taha is truly a visionary leader! He manage to convince NCP gangs that war is not the solution because it was going to be an everlasting war. We must thank Bashir the devil we hate but thanks is due to him in this case

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  • 1 February 2011 18:40, by Duom

    The one who work in the sun always eat in the shade. Southerners suffered in the bushes hoping their independent to come. Now, their ceaseless victory has started with south referendum which will be followed by Abyei, and popular consultation of Southern Blue Nile and Southern Khordofan.

    Anyway you Arabs are stupid to learn; just threatening words that harm no dog in the South not even a man.

    Finally, North should better relinquish Abyei to South peacefully before it is getting dark. And if you fail to devolve Abyei to South, you will desert that Khartoum and becomes refugees and slaves in the South and in other foreign countries.

    EVERY DOG HAS IT OWN DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank to God

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