South Sudan will be celebrating Independence Day on July 9th 2011. A new country has been identified on the world map. A mood of joy swept through its capital with crowds dancing in the streets and last-minute preparations for Saturday’s ceremony. Processions of ex-veterans, soldiers and civilians, including women’s groups, marched through central Juba in the hot sun, some dressed in traditional clothing, playing drums and dancing.

Information minister Baranaba Marial Benjamin stated that the preparations were in place for Saturday, when millions of southern Sudanese, and foreign dignitaries, including 30 African leaders will mark the birth of the world’s newest nation. South Sudan’s independence came after more than 50 years of conflict between the southern rebels and successive Khartoum governments. The 2005 comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) finally ended the conflict which was signed under intense pressure from foreign countries, particularly the United States, Britain and Norway, paved the way for a referendum on southern independence in January.

The main ceremony will include military parades, prayers, the raising of the newly proclaimed Republic of South Sudan’s flag and the country’s first president, Salva Kiir, signing the transitional constitution.

Happy Independence Day South Sudan!!!

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