Comment
0
Tweet
0
Print
RSS Feeds

In unofficial vote, Abyei residents choose S Sudan

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 4:38pm  ET

Youths ride three on a motorcycle as they celebrate after the result of an unofficial vote was announced in the disputed border region of Abyei Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, whose ownership is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. The outcome of the unofficial vote announced Thursday was that residents of the disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan said they want to join South Sudan, which is no surprise since the residents who voted beginning Sunday are aligned with South Sudan. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- In an unofficial vote, residents of a disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan said they want to join South Sudan.

The outcome, announced Thursday, is no surprise since the residents who voted beginning Sunday are aligned with South Sudan. Zachariah Deng Majok, a member of the Abyei Referendum High Committee, said more than 99 percent of votes went for South Sudan.

Both Sudan and South Sudan claim ownership of oil-rich Abyei, whose status was unresolved after South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011.

The region's majority Ngok Dinka people favor South Sudan. The Sudan-allied Misseriya nomads, who come to Abyei to find pasture for their cattle, were not allowed to vote.

An African Union panel proposed a referendum for Abyei but there was disagreement over who could vote.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.