July 7, 2011
Independence Day for Southern Sudan
The Republic of South Sudan celebrates its independence this month, with a ceremony on July 9, the new nation's independence day, in the capital Juba. Southern Sudanese voted overwhelmingly for independence in February. The United States immediately recognized the new country and will send a delegation to Juba for the ceremony.
The Republic of Southern Sudan has been operating under an interim constitution since the comprehensive peace agreement with Sudan. The government formed a constitutional review committee chaired by Minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development John Luk Jok to review and revise the interim constitution.
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