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A man dressed in Southern Sudan paraphernalia -- a pin and tie -- celebrated the earlier announcement of the preliminary results. (AFP/Getty Images)

Confirmed: Southern Sudanese Voted For Independence

Feb 7, 2011

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"Election officials say the final results from last month's vote in Southern Sudan show that more than 98 percent of the ballots were cast for independence," the Associated Press reports from Juba, Sudan.

It adds that: "The results mean that Southern Sudan will become the world's newest country in July. Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir said Monday he accepts the outcome of the vote."

As NPR's Frank Langfitt has previously reported, "now comes the hard part: building a new state after decades of war."

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