Southern Region of Sudan Will Become the Republic of South Sudan
The politburo of Sudan People Liberation Movement, the leading force of the southern part of Sudan that seceded by a 7-day referendum held in January, approved on Tuesday the name of the new country.
Thus, the breakaway region will be called South Sudan when it becomes the newest country in the world, most probably on July 9.
The SPLM’s secretary-general Pagan Amum said that the name must also be voted by the government and the parliament of the country, which is dominated by SPLM.
Amum also said that the negotiations have began with National Congress Party, the leading force in the north, in order to make sure the transition to fool statehood is smooth and legal.
He made it clear that South Sudan is not going to continue splitting proceeds with the north from the oil extraction, but will only pay a tax for the use of northern pipelines that take the oil to Port Sudan, where it is shipped to the beneficiaries.
The government also intends to introduce a new currency, while SPLM will split into northern and southern parts.
The situation in the breakaway region is rather delicate, given that skirmishes continue in the region as different military factions engage in battles that result in the death of innocent people.11