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Title:Briefing: counting 'new Sudan'
Author:Santschi, MartinaISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic terms:Sudan
South Sudan
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/27667073
Abstract:Between 22 April and 6 May 2008, Sudan's fifth population and housing census was conducted in both North and South Sudan. Because it will have a decisive impact on future power and wealth sharing in Sudan, the census has been highly contested. According to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005, the census is supposed to pave the way for the planned 2009 general elections as well as the referendum in 2011 in which Southerners will decide about independence from the rest of Sudan. This briefing argues that the census not only highlighted existing tensions between the North and the South on topics such as resources, power sharing and identity, but also intensified competition among Southern Sudanese political actors. If the prevailing Southern Sudanese perception of losing out in the census results and, as a consequence, in the new power and wealth sharing arrangements persists, unity with the North will not 'become attractive', and the South will most likely vote for separation from the rest of Sudan in the 2011 referendum. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]