Sudan: South’s Draft Constitution Finalized – Minister

From allAfrica, April 5, 2011:

The technical committee that was tasked with reviewing South Sudan’s interim constitution of 2005, ahead of the region’s independence in July, has successfully completed the process, with the draft report expected in a week or so, its chairperson said.

Addressing the media in the regional capital, Juba on Tuesday, John Luk Jok said the next phase of the process, expected to commence after the July independence declaration, will be transitional in nature.

“We expect the committee’s draft report either by end of this week or next week. The next phase of the process to take place after the country’s independence will be all inclusive. We shall embark on nationwide consultations with the entire population,” said Jok, also South Sudan’s minister for legal and constitutional development.

South Sudan is due to become independent after the population overwhelming chose separation in the regions’s self-determination referendum held in January. The vote was a key part of the Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended over two decades of a bloody civil war between north and south.

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