sudanese voting.jpgSouth Sudan voted overwhelmingly to declare its independence in final results of a referendum made public yesterday, opening the door to Africa’s newest state.

A total of 98.83% of voters from Sudan’s oil- producing south chose to secede from the north in last month’s referendum, according to a video display of the vote seen at the venue of the announcement.

 

The referendum is the climax of a 2005 north-south peace accord that set out to end Africa’s longest civil war and instill democracy in a country that straddles the continent’s Arab-Sub Saharan divide.

 

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir earlier said he has accepted the result of the vote, allaying fears that the split could re-ignite conflict over the control of the south’s oil reserves.