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Southern Sudan votes in unity referendum with the north

Huge numbers of people are voting in Southern Sudan in a landmark referendum on independence from the north.

The week-long vote is widely expected to result in Africa's largest country being split in two.

As the BBC's Andrew Harding explains from the southern capital Juba, a turnout of 60% is needed for the vote to be declared valid.

  • 09 Jan 2011
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