Parliament speaker proclaims independence of South Sudan

AFP , Saturday 9 Jul 2011

South Sudan's parliament speaker proclaimed the fledgling state's independence on Saturday, marking its birth as the world's newest nation and splitting Africa's largest country in two.

"We, the democratically elected representatives of the people, based on the will of the people of South Sudan, and as confirmed by the outcome of the referendum of self-determination, hereby declare South Sudan to be an independent and sovereign nation," James Wani Igga told thousands of cheering southerners.

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