Let me introduce you to the new “baby nation.”
16 February 2011
South Sudan chosen as name for new country
South Sudan has been chosen as the name of what will be the world’s newest country when it comes into existence on 9 July, ending months of speculation.
Some 99% of southern Sudanese voted for independence from the north of Sudan in a referendum held in January.
“We are a baby nation that has just been born – and like a human baby, we are fragile but have the potential to become great,” AFP news agency quotes him as saying.
The week-long vote itself passed off peacefully, but tension remains high in parts of the oil-rich area which straddles the north and south.