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SOUTH SUDAN-SUDAN-DISPUTED REGION
In unofficial vote, residents of contested Abyei region vote to join South Sudan
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 31, 2013 4:25 PM EDT
JUBA, South Sudan
In an unofficial vote, residents of a disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan said they want to join South Sudan.
Both Sudan and South Sudan claim ownership of oil-rich Abyei, whose status was unresolved after South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011.
The region's majority Ngok Dinka people favor South Sudan. The Sudan-allied Misseriya nomads, who come to Abyei to find pasture for their cattle, were not allowed to vote.
An African Union panel proposed a referendum for Abyei but there was disagreement over who could vote.