“People will party. There will be disco. There will be dances. People are warming up for the celebrations now.”
These understated words by Aleu Garang Aleu, a spokesman for southern Sudan’s referendum bureau, come immediately after Sudan’s president Omar Hassan al-Bashir accepted the results of 3.8 million southern Sudanese voters. More than 98% voted in favor of secession. The New York Times has a bit more here, or check out a ground level perspective from a Matadorian blogger in Juba, where the parties are just getting started.
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Jason Wire graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and spent the year after writing and teaching English in Spain. He's back in the states now, but doesn't know where. Follow him @wirejr.
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