“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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