Sudan Tribune: Bashir rules out dual citizenship for Southerners

January 7, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir on Friday made it clear that there is no prospect for Southerners living in the North to have dual citizenship if the referendum vote comes in favor of creating a new state.

The oil-producing south is due to vote in a referendum starting on Sunday on whether to secede. Voters are widely expected to back secession.

“Of course, to be very frank self determination is deciding on the fate of Sudan….it is not self determination for the South…..shall it be one state or two states. This right was given exclusively to the Southern citizen,” Bashir told the Doha-based Al-Jazeera TV in an interview.

“If they [Southerners] decide to divide Sudan into two states and establishing their own country in South Sudan and at the same time want to retain their citizenship in North Sudan and enjoy all the rights…if this is their desire then let Sudan remain united” he added.

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