Southern Sudan’s Fragile Future Depends on Oil Negotiations

The Takeaway

Only July 9, southern Sudan will secede from Northern Sudan, in compliance with the South’s vote for independence in January. Oil accounts for nearly all of southern Sudan’s income, but Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has threatened to shut pipelines carrying southern Sudan’s oil, if the two sides of the northeastern African country cannot reach an agreement on oil by the July separation. Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa bureau chief for our partner, The New York Times, speaks with us about what’s ahead for Sudan.

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