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Salva Kiir, president of the semiautonomous government of Southern Sudan, casts his vote in front of a cheering crowd of hundreds of Sudanese voters in Juba on Sunday. About 4 million southern Sudanese voters began casting their ballots Sunday in a weeklong referendum on independence that is expected to split Africa's largest nation in two. (Associated Press)

Salva Kiir, president of the semiautonomous government of Southern Sudan, casts his vote in front of a cheering crowd of hundreds of Sudanese voters in Juba on Sunday. About 4 million southern Sudanese voters began casting their ballots Sunday in a weeklong referendum on independence that is expected to split Africa's largest nation in two. (Associated Press)

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