South Sudan now a republic country, celebrates after winning independence

By on Jul 9, 2011 in Africa, International, Politics, World Comments

Updated: July 11, 2011 11:35 p.m.

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South Sudan is now a republic country, starting Saturday, July 9, 2011, with thousands of people celebrating on the streets after they won their independence.

A welcome sign in Juba, celebrating
South Sudan independence

Image Credit: Getty Images

As noted at international news sites that day, the new Republic of South Sudan is now a nation and becomes the 193rd country in the world recognized by United Nation and the 54th UN member state in Africa.

Around 98% of the voters have reportedly chosen the “separation” option in the early results released that month, with the final results released on February had 98.83% in favor of South Sudan’s independence.

Apparently, South Sudan had decades-long conflict with the northern part that resulted to a civil war where there were reported casualties reaching to millions.

On Friday night, thousands of people gathered in the streets particularly in Juba, South Sudan’s capital and joined the countdown to the country’s freedom, as declared though the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

When the country clock reached midnight, people celebrated their independence by waving flags, strumming drums, dancing and singing their new national anthem.

Most of the people were chanting the name of Salva Kiir Mayardit, the first president of South Sudan, with the country being noted as a poor country but rich in oil.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, India’s Vice President Hamid Ansari and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir will be among the international dignitaries who will attend celebrations in Juba.

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