Finally, South Sudan is a new nation as they recently declared their independence. The official declaration was held on Saturday and was read by the Speaker of Parliament James Wani Igga. Hundreds of thousands witnessed the reading of South Sudanâ€™s Declaration of Independence that took place in the capital, Juba.
During the momentous ceremony, some soldiers raised the new Southern Sudanese flag and lowered the flag of the north much to the delight of the roaring crowd. President Salva Kiir immediately took the oath of office. He promised that he will look after the welfare and development of the people of South Sudan and that he will do everything he could in his power to uphold their constitution.
Officially after the strike of midnight (local time), the Republic of South Sudan is the latest country on the worldâ€™s list. Street parties were all over the place as the residents of Juba had their first Independence Day celebration.
As part of the celebration, ceremonies will be held at a Juba stadium that was named in honor of John Garang. He played a significant part in the Sudanese Civil War by leading the Southern forces. Sudanâ€™s independence was officially announced on state television on Friday by the Minister for Presidential Affairs Bakri Hassan Saleh.