23 October 2005
Southern Sudan has announced the formation of its autonomous government. The southern government's formation is part of a peace deal that ended 20 years of civil war between north and south Sudan. Southern Sudanese have high hopes the new government will end decades of marginalization.
Cabinet members of southern Sudan's new government were announced Sunday. Southern Sudan will govern itself following a two-decade civil war with the northern Islamist government. Former foes, the National Congress Party and former southern rebels the Sudan People's Liberation Movement or SPLM have also formed a unity government based in the capital, Khartoum.