South Sudan to Become World's Newest Country

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Results of an independence referendum vote in Sudan will make the country's southern region the world's newest country in July.

Election officials said Monday that more than 98 percent of ballots cast in the Jan. 9 vote were in favor of independence for southern Sudan.

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who has been indicted for war crimes in Darfur, said he supports the election outcome.

CBN News Senior International Correspondent Gary Lane gave more analysis on the situation in Sudan and what the election results mean for Christians in the country.  Click play for his comments.

North and south Sudan have fought a decades-long civil war that ended in 2005 with a peace agreement guaranteeing last month's vote. More than 2 million people died in the war.

The two sides must now negotiate a border, citizenship rights and oil rights.

The Unites States is also reviewing its designation of Sudan as a sponsor of terrorism. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the designation would be lifted if Sudan doesn't support terrorism for six months and assure that it won't in the future.

The 2005 peace agreement must also be fully enacted.

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