North Sudanese Officials Seek Delay on Oil District Referendum

From Voice of America News:

Northern Sudanese officials have called for the postponement of a referendum on the future of Sudan’s oil-producing Abyei region, but southern leaders have swiftly rejected the idea.

The vote on whether the region should join the north or the south is scheduled to take place on January 9, the same day as the south votes on independence

Al-Dirdiri Mohammed Ahmed, chief negotiator for the ruling party, told reporters Thursday that northern officials have agreed that it is not possible to hold the vote on January 9.

But Abyei chief administrator Deng Arop Kuol, a member of the south’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, says the threatened delay is unacceptable and warned that residents could hold the vote on their own.

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