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North Sudan separatists celebrate referendum result in Khartoum.

February 7, 2011 (KHARTOUM) -- The separatist northern Sudanese Forum of Just Peace (FJP) today celebrated in Khartoum the announcement of the final results of southern Sudan referendum, which show that Southerners unanimously voted in favor of separation from the north.

FJP members celebrate the results of the referendum on the secession of southern Sudan from the north in Khartoum, on Feb 7, 2011. (Getty)

The head of Southern Sudan Referendum Commission declared Monday that almost 99 percent of voters preferred the secession from the north and the creation of an independent state. President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir endorsed the outcome of the vote saying peace is the ultimate goal of the 2005 peace agreement as he wants to respect the will of Southerners. FJP supporters celebrated the event by slaughtering a black bull and shouting slogans such as "Goodbye to unity of tears and blood" and "secession is the true independence". Also some of them wore tee--shirts with a new map of North Sudan. The ruling National Congress Party and its allies already criticized the "negative" acts of expression by the forum at the start of the referendum vote on 9 January. At the time, the FJG supporters slaughtered a bull outside the SPLM headquarters in Khartoum. They also toured several areas in Khartoum and distributed sweets. The forum was founded by Al-Tayeb Mustafa, an uncle of President Omer Al-Bashir. He is also the publisher of Al-Intibaha "The Alert", which is the mouthpiece of the party. Al-Tayeb had one of his sons killed during the North-South civil war in the 90's as a recruit in the government militias. Many commentators and observers accused him of inciting hatred and racism through his writings. In Juba, southerners danced and waved SPLM flags in the streets of the town where the celebration of the independence is scheduled to take place on 9 July in the presence of president Al-Bashir. (ST)

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Publication:Sudan Tribune (Sudan)
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Date:Feb 8, 2011
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