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South Sudan: Political rivals agree to form unified army

– – In a move that could signal a significant approach towards ensuring a sustainable peace deal, South Sudan’s political rivals have now agreed to form a unified armed forces command. Officials representing President Salva Kiir and his first Vice-President Riek Machar signed the deal on Sunday to fulfil a key pillar of 2018 peace agreement. Major General Martin Abucha, who represented Mr Machar’s faction said “People of South Sudan are yearning for peace and peace is about security and today we have made a milestone in that. We have…

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South Sudan: Unity government still faces challenges after two years

– – Two years ago South Sudan’s rival political factions signed a peace deal that ushered in a unity government that was supposed to restore peace to the country. Former rebel leader of South Sudan Riek Machar and three other persons were sworn in as vice presidents. The formation of a unity government was seen as a major move that could definitively end years of fighting in the country. Per the deal former Vice-President Machar returned to his former position after he was sacked by President Kiir. That transitional government…

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South Sudan President sacks central bank governor

– – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sacked the central bank governor. The dismissal of Dier Tong Ngor was announced in a presidential decree read on the national broadcaster. No reasons were given for his sacking. He has been replaced by Moses Makur Deng who has been a director-general in charge of banks’ supervision and research at the bank. South Sudan’s economy is driven by oil, which accounts for nearly 90% of the country’s national budget. The economy is in a bad shape due to the conflict and 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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President Salva Kiir accuses UN workers in his country of siding with rebel fighters seeking to overthrow him.

President Salva KiirThe relationship between South Sudan and the United Nations (UN) is souring during a critical time of conflict and mass death inside the world’s newest country. 

After a month of fighting between President Salva Kiir’s government and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, the UN suddenly finds itself under verbal attack from South Sudan.

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South Sudan, Central African Republic Targeted for US Political and Military Intervention

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Fierce battles have taken place in two states in South Sudan. Unity state, an oil-producing area, was retaken by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).

Other gains in Jonglei state by Juba around the capital of Bor have occurred with the assistance of the Ugandan military during the first full week of January. (Associated Press, January 8)

The intervention of Uganda, a close political and military ally of the United States, demonstrates the side in the conflict in which Washington has taken. There has been increased military and political pressure on the forces loyal to ousted Vice-President Riek Machar to drop demands for the release of political prisoners and to declare a ceasefire along with the government of President Salva Kiir.

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