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As southern Sudan votes on secession from the north, oil in the south could trigger conflict – but the picture is complex

Next January the people of southern Sudan will vote in a referendum to decide whether or not to separate from the north. An independent southern Sudan would leave the Khartoum government without its main bread earner: almost 500,000 barrels of crude oil daily. Since most of Sudan’s oil lies in the south, this raises the question of how the north would survive without the billions of dollars of annual revenue that oil brings in.

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