South Sudan's leading political party, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, has asked for more time for voters to register for the country's first multi-party elections in 24 years. The April 2010 elections were agreed upon as part of Sudan's 2005 north-south peace deal, ending a 21-year civil war that killed up to two million people. Subsequently, Sudan's multiple political parties have accused each other of vote-buying and anomalies in voter registration. Getting people to vote is vital to the less-populated and oil-rich south, as the peace deal includes a referendum on the south’s possible secession in 2011. Even though the north’s ruling National Congress Party has accepted a simple majority vote of 51% to declare the south an independent country, Khartoum insists the turnout in the referendum must be 66%. Read more: Reuters, AllAfrica.com
Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children is the title of a dark cabaret album by 'Voltaire'