Tens of thousands of people have gathered in South Sudan's capital for celebrations marking the new nation's independence.South Sudan officially became the world's newest country at midnight local time Friday. Residents of the capital, Juba, celebrated with parties in the streets.
A huge crowd has now assembled at a stadium in Juba for the formal declaration of independence.Scheduled speakers at the event include U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the president of northern Sudan, Omar al-Bashir. Bashir flew into Juba Saturday.
East Africa also welcomes economic growth and development - with so much vast land and natural resources like oil and gas - South Sudan makes a good case for a possible membership into the East African economic bloc. But that can only be possible when the country harnesses its people and resources and also ensures peace and stability.
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