The first day of South Sudan

How the African press reported the birth of a new nation

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Celebrations in the captial Juba began at midnight - the moment South Sudan became an independent nation. It is the 193rd country to be recognised by the UN and the 54th UN member state in Africa. After a long conflict with the north, in which 1.5 million people died, and a prolonged and anguished peace process, the declaration of independence heralded a moment of jubilation in the new country.

Here's how the African press reported the event:

From US Sees Historic, But Fragile Moment in Sudan

From The meaning behind declaration of South Sudan independence

From Constitutional Debate: On the Controversy Surrounding the Proposed Presidential Powers in the Draft Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan

From South Sudan's Day Of Freedom Dawns

From Rethinking demobilisation and disarmament in post-independence Sudan

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