As Votes Are Counted In Sudan, Status Of Oil-rich Abyei Remains Uncertain02:35
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A polling staff member empties a ballot box at the end of a weeklong voting process, at a polling center in Khartoum, Sudan. (AP)
A polling staff member empties a ballot box at the end of a weeklong voting process, at a polling center in Khartoum, Sudan. (AP)

The final vote tally won't be announced until next month, but preliminary results from Sudan's referendum show the African country will likely be split in two, creating a new independent nation.

The vote is part of a peace deal that ended a civil war between the Arab north and the Christian south. If the south secedes, one of the challenges will be  figuring out the status of the disputed oil-rich area called Abyei, which is claimed by both sides. The BBC's James Copnall reports.

This segment aired on January 17, 2011.

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