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20 November 2017 20:59 (South Africa)

North and south Sudan almost agree on secession referendum

North and south Sudan, who fought a 21-year civil war that ended in 2005, say they will agree within days on a referendum that will allow the semi-autonomous and oil-rich south to vote on whether to secede in 2011. This is a major advance in the chaotic run-up to a 2010 election. The parties have agreed that south Sudan will be become an independent nation if 51% of voters in both the north and south choose secession. Earlier, the more populated north wanted a 75% threshold. But it doesn’t stop there, as the ruling party in the north says voter turnout must be at least 66% for the vote to be valid, while the south wants a lower percentage. This leaves the north still holding the key to ensuring voters go to the polls. Expect more trouble over this and many others issues, still deadlocked. Read more: Bloomberg

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