The Sudanese government led by Omar al-Bashir will accept the vote enabling South Sudan to split off and establish a new nation.
All this is a good start for South Sudan, which has been hit by decades of violence, civil wars, and repression, but there are huge hurdles to overcome. Much of the country lives in extreme poverty and economic and social infrastructure is wholly inadequate.
Still, South Sudan will need to rely on its northern neighbor as the main oil pipeline from the Southern oil fields must travel through Sudan to generate much of the income needed by the country to get off its feet.
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