Final results posted by the South Sudan Referendum Commission on Monday confirmed that 98.83% of southerners backed secession in last month’s historic independence vote.
The results, posted on screens at an announcement ceremony in Khartoum, showed that, out of the 3 837 406 valid votes cast, only 44 888 ballots, or 1.17%, supported the status quo of unity with the north.
And Sudan’s president says he’s backing the results from Southern Sudan’s freedom referendum that showed a landslide vote for independence.
Omar al-Bashir said that he wanted to be the first to congratulate the south on their new state. He said Sudan would aid the south in any way possible.