14 April 2009

Census Speculation

The result of last year's Sudanese census (the first since 1956) is highly political, with a direct bearing upon future power and oil sharing. As a result, negotiations over the numbers have been going on for months.

Kiir has previously vowed not to accept anything less than 15 million for Southern Sudan (about a third of the national population). The latest rumours are putting it at 8.2 million (about a fifth of the national population).

This isn't going to be pretty.

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