South Sudan celebrates its first independence day

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July 9, 2012

Juba

South Sudan celebrated its first Independence Day on July 9 marking its first year of freedom. South Sudan separated from Sudan as a part of the agreement between Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / Army (SPLM/A) and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of Sudan. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) towards this was was signed on January 9, 2005. Salva Kiir Mayardit became the President of the youngest African nation.

Celebrations are seen across the nation and amongst the South Sudanese in various parts of the world on the first anniversary.

President Kiir gave a keynote address from Garang Mausoleum and commended Sudanese President Omer al Bashir for helping the country become independent.

Greetings are received from many countries and organizations round the world, including from African Union Commission, the United Nations, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia amongst others.

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