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Two members of the South Sudan People's Liberation Army listen to an address by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, unseen, as he speaks to a group of southern Sudanese in the capital city of Juba, Jan. 7, 2011.

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Analysis & Opinions - The East African

South Sudan Needs to Retain its Army—to Fight for Development

| June 26, 2011

"Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948 and reallocated part of the financial resources thus saved to internal security, health, education and culture. Today the country's army comprises medical doctors, scientists, engineers, teachers and other productive members of society."