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A Bari community member holds the flag of southern Sudan during celebrations in Juba, southern Sudan, on Friday. Photo: AP.
South Sudan officially separated from Sudan and proclaimed its independence in a ceremony in Juba on Saturday.
Parliamentary president James Wani Igga pronounced the declaration of independence in the capital. Thousands cheered as the Sudanese flag was lowered and replaced with the new South Sudanese flag.
The ceremony was witnessed by heads of state and dignitaries from around the world, including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who faces an international arrest warrant for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.
Merkel pledges support
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday pledged support for South Sudan, saying the founding of the new state was a “very special day for Africa”.
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