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South Sudan is born

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The party continues in the world’s newest nation.

South Sudan has been celebrating its independence day with a huge crowd gathering in the capital Juba.

Salva Kiir has been sworn in as president, in front of his old civil war foe, Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Although today is a day of celebration, many differences between Khartoum and Juba have yet to be resolved.

That is why even as Kiir was taking the oath, the congratulations message from Washington included a plea for both men to “fulfill their responsibilities” and fully implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

The emotion on the faces of those in Juba was evidence of the pain and suffering endured by many in reaching this point. And there may be more to come.

The two Sudans still have much to work out, including their shared border, control of the disputed Abyei region and how to divide the oil wealth that is the life blood of both their economies.