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South Sudan: near total support for independence

Preliminary official results from South Sudan’s independence referendum show that more than 99 percent of voters in the plebiscite want secession.

The Economist reports that, despite reports of discrepancies between voting numbers and registration lists in 60 counties (over half of the states in the South), the vote has been praised by observers: “there is little doubt that the process is indeed representative of the will of the Southern Sudanese people.”

Minor hiccups aside, the nearly four million people who voted in the referendum will now almost certainly see their wishes realized, the magazine said.

See discussion of the issues to be resolved in The Economist’s report here.