Salva Kiir sworn in as Southern Sudan president

Published on BBCnews, 21 May 2010.

Salva Kiir, the leader of south Sudan’s former rebel group the SPLM, has been sworn in as the first elected president of the semi-autonomous southern region. Watch the video, 1.02 min.

It follows his landslide victory in April’s elections, part of the peace deal that ended a 21-year civil war between north and south. Next year, the people of Southern Sudan will vote on possible independence. A BBC correspondent in Juba says it is widely believed that, given a free poll, they will vote in favour. Most of Sudan’s lucrative oil is in the south, and the exact boundary with the north still has to be defined.

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… Many inside and outside of Sudan are worried that the tensions linked to the referendum, and the fact the south has much of Sudan’s oil, could lead to a new civil conflict. (full text).

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