The Vote in Sudan / part 2

As you may know, on January 9, 2011, citizens of Southern Sudan were given the opportunity to vote for independence for their nation- separating from Northern Sudan. Here is a great article from CNN about the vote.

We talked to our resident African studies expert, Emily Blackledge, and asked her some questions about this vote.

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Part 2

Why did Sudanese refugees around the world get to vote?

Just like in the US, all citizens got to vote. So when we have a presidential election, soldiers and teachers and students that are living outside the country can send in their votes. Just because they are living somewhere else doesn’t mean they are not citizens and get the right for their voice and vote to be heard. So similarly, Sudanese refugees living in the US and in Europe were set up with polling stations where they could register their vote.

What kind of impact does this vote for independence have?

There is alot of significance to this vote. First of all, if there is a majority vote for independence, Southern Sudan will become its own country. This is historical because its been 2 years since a new country has been created, (Kosovo) it doesn’t happen very often. And more importantly, a new country has not been created in Africa since Eritrea’s independence in 1993.

The biggest significance of this vote is the influence it could have on other countries in Africa. There are many countries like Sudan that have been fighting civil wars based on differing religious views and tribal lines. So a vote for independence in Sudan could encourage other countries fighting civil wars to break apart, like a domino effect. While Sudan has enough natural resource wealth to support both the North and the South, break ups in other countries without these resources could only further impoverish this continent.

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Tomorrow… what happens next?

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  • Reply Encouraging words from Jaac. « Mocha Club Blog March 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    […] But as we told you last month in our series on the vote on independence for Southern Sudan (part 1, part 2, part 3), it appears that things will slowly but surely […]

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