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U.S. recalls South Sudan ambassador over lack of unity government

The United States on Monday recalled its ambassador to South Sudan after the country failed to form a unity government on time. President Salva Kiir and his political rival Riek Machar were to form a unity government as agreed in a peace deal by November 12. But both parties failed to meet this deadline delaying the unity government for 100 days beyond the Nov. 12 deadline. Uganda’s presidency said such a move was aimed at buying time due to concerns that war could resume if the two sides were pushed. The…

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South Sudan political rivals delay unity government

South Sudan’s president and a former rebel leader have agreed to delay forming a unity government for 100 days beyond the Nov. 12 deadline. Uganda’s presidency said such a move is aimed at buying time due to concerns that war could resume if the two sides were pushed. South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar held a meeting in Uganda as part of efforts to resolve outstanding issues preventing the formation of a coalition government. The political rivals this year agreed on a unity government months after…

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South Sudan: Riek Machar in Juba to salvage peace deal

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar is in Juba to help rescue the country’s peace deal as warring parties seem to be running out of time to form a new transitional government. The political rivals in South Sudan this year agreed on a unity government months after signing a deal to end the civil war in that country last year. The new administration is expected to be in place by mid-November, with hopes it would end the current political crisis. A breakdown in relations between President Salva Kiir and his…

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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…

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South Sudan makes minor oil discovery

South Sudan said announced that it has made a small oil discovery in Northern Upper Nile State. This is the first time the country is making any form of oil discovery since independence in 2011. War and instability has largely affected exploration activities in the small country. The country’s oil minister, Awow Daniel Chuang said on Thursday that the new field is located in the Adar area of Northern Upper Nile State. The field according to Awow Daniel Chuang, contains 5.3 million barrels of recoverable oil and will be linked…

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Museveni warns South Sudan leaders on violence

President Yoweri Museveni has advised the ruling South Sudan party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), to employ dialogue rather force when dealing with internal and external contradictions. “The use of violence in every situation is dangerous. It should be of last resort and specific. Speak frankly within the [SPLM] party. Reach decisions by voting or by consensus. Never use force,” Museveni said this morning at the swearing in ceremony of the South Sudan national dialogue steering committee in Juba, South Sudan. Follow and like us:2 0

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Families flee from South Sudan to Uganda in Africa’s biggest exodus since 1994 Rwandan genocide

At least 832,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda since fighting erupted in July last year, in the biggest cross-border exodus in Africa since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Overall, the fighting has uprooted more than three million people, and by July 5.5 million – nearly half the population – are unlikely to have a reliable food supply, according to the United Nations. The influx of refugees is testing the generosity of Ugandans, many of whom, including President Yoweri Museveni, were once refugees themselves. One top government official said that…

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South Sudan’s Warring Factions Sign Peace Deal

ENLARGE South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, left, exchanges documents with rebel leader Riek Machar, right, in Arusha, Tanzania, as Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete looks on. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES   KAMPALA Uganda—Warring factions in South Sudan have signed an agreement to reconcile the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement party, officials said on Thursday, in the latest effort to resolve the conflict that has ravaged the oil-rich nation for more than a year. Under the deal, signed in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha, the parties agreed to “reunify and reconcile” the three…

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Rwanda’s Peacekeeping Operations: A Poisoned Pill that Blackmails the West

Dr. Theogene RudasingwaUnder dictator Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s military is highly paid for peacekeeping duties in Darfur, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Haiti – despite its role in the death of millions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The West depends on Kagame as its man in Africa, and in return gives impunity to his criminal network.

President Paul Kagame has come to love United Nations peacekeeping operations. This is ironic since he hates the United Nations, and does not actually believe in peacekeeping. It is now an unwritten rule that the West (mostly the US and UK) will ask Rwanda to participate in UN peacekeeping missions, and Kagame will kindly oblige.

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