Opposite editorial - International - Panafrica - South-Sudan - Sudan - Politics - Governance - Election
Part 2
The stakes are high as Southern Sudanese head for the polls to decide on whether or not they want to break away from the North. While the North-South tug of war is centered around oil and the Nile’s water, ethnicity and religion have proved to be the breaking points in a highly polarized country. As fear of war looms with the two sides amassing weapons, what is the role of regional players, including Ethiopia, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya and Kenya, who stand to lose or gain from Sudan’s split or union? And what about the international community, the African Union, the Arab League? The second of our series of articles presents a historical background of the root cause of the crisis, highlighting questions surrounding who gains or loses from the pending referenda.

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