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Southern Sudan referendum: 'Massive vote to split'

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With most votes counted in Southern Sudan's referendum, 99% of people have opted for independence from the north, officials say.

However, the former rebels now running oil-rich Southern Sudan have urged people not to celebrate yet.

President Omar al-Bashir has said he will accept the result of the vote, which was held after years of war.

Zeinab Badawi spoke to President Obama's most senior official on Africa, the Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs, Johnnie Carson.

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