Published: Jul 09, 2011 3:11 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 09, 2011 2:14 PM EDT

SOUTH SUDAN, Africa- A new nation is born.

South Sudanese citizens, international dignitaries and the world's newest president are celebrating. South Sudan became  the world's newest country at midnight local time.

Dignitaries on hand include U-N Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and former U-S Secretary of state Colin Powell.