Sudan adopts referendum law for oil-rich Abyei

Sudan's parliament passed a law on Wednesday to determine the fate of the oil-producing Abyei region.

Sudan adopts referendum law for oil-rich Abyei

Sudan's parliament passed a law on Wednesday to determine the fate of the oil-producing Abyei region.

The ruling northern National Congress Party and the former southern rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), which formed a coalition government after the 2005 deal, voted for the law.

The law allows for the people of Abyei, in central Sudan, to choose whether to remain in the north or join the south, in a vote set for January 2011.

It gives the Ngok Dinka tribe and other Sudanese who reside in Abyei the right to vote. A simple majority will decide the region's future.

Parliament's deputy speaker said some details on who was eligible to vote had yet to be finalised.

Parliament also passed a law on popular consultations for the states of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan.


Reuters


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