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Sudan’s Final Referendum Results to Come Today

Sudan will today announce final results from a January referendum on southern independence, Referendum Commission spokesman Aleu Garang said today by telephone from the southern capital Juba.

The announcement will be made in the northern capital Khartoum, Garang said.

The vote for independence will give the south control of almost three-quarters of Sudan’s current oil production of 490,000 barrels a day, pumped mainly by China National Petroleum Corp., Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd. and India’s Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Sudan’s output is the third-biggest in sub- Saharan Africa.

The referendum was the centerpiece of a 2005 peace accord that ended a civil war which lasted almost 50 years, except for a cease-fire from 1972 to 1983, between the Muslim north and the south, where Christianity and traditional religions dominate. About 2 million people died in the second phase of the conflict.

The Southern Sudan Referendum Commission announced in late January that of the 3.84 million valid votes, 98.83 percent were for secession.

Those results were preliminary and became final after the period set aside for legal objections passed without any objections, Garang said.

The south will officially become independent on July 9, 2011.

To contact the reporter on this story: Matt Richmond in Juba via Johannesburg at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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