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South Sudan political rivals agree on unity government

Political rivals in South Sudan have now agreed on a unity government months after signing a deal to end the civil war in that country.

President Salva Kiir and former rebel leader Riek Machar agreed to form a transitional government on Wednesday.

The two leaders held their first face-to-face talks in months in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, according to government officials.

The information minister said the new administration would be in place by mid-November, with hopes it would end the current political crisis in that country.

A peace agreement was signed last year to end a civil war sparked by a clash between Mr Machar and President Salva Kiir.

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The civil war has killed hundreds of people and displaced millions.

The new deal is to provide for five vice presidents for South Sudan and protect a power sharing arrangement.

Per the deal former Vice-President Machar is expected to return to his former position. The transitional government would govern for three years.

The most recent deal was signed in 2015 but it did not help to end the conflict. South Sudan gained independence in 2011 from north Sudan but fighting broke out two years later.

Source: Africafeeds.com

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