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South Sudan forms unified army, integrates opposition commanders

– – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has now formed a unified armed forces command and has also integrated opposition commanders into the structure of the armed forces. Per the new structure, the president’s faction has a 60% representation while the opposition occupies the remaining 40%. A line-up of the names of the generals to lead the unified command was announced by the national broadcaster on Tuesday night. In a move that could signal a significant approach towards ensuring a sustainable peace deal, South Sudan’s political rivals last week agreed to…

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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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Pope Francis to visit DR Congo and South Sudan

– – The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis will be visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan in July this year. In a statement from the Holy See Press Office, the Pope is to embark on what is called an Apostolic Journey to these two African countries. In DR Congo, the Pope will visit Kinshasa and Goma, and in South Sudan he will be visiting the capital, Juba. “At the invitation of their respective Heads of State and Bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will make…

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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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Plane crash kills 10 people in South Sudan

– – At least ten people have died in a plane crash in South Sudan. The incident occurred in the eastern Jonglei State, at Pieri airstrip shortly after takeoff while heading to the capital, Juba. A team of investigators is being sent to the site to conduct preliminary investigations. The plane belonged to a local aviation company, the South Supreme Airlines. The firm has not yet issued a statement on the crash. Jonglei State Governor Denay Jock Chagor said he received the news with “shock and horror” and sent condolences to…

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Plane crash kills 10 people in South Sudan

– – At least ten people have died in a plane crash in South Sudan. The incident occurred in the eastern Jonglei State, at Pieri airstrip shortly after takeoff while heading to the capital, Juba. A team of investigators is being sent to the site to conduct preliminary investigations. The plane belonged to a local aviation company, the South Supreme Airlines. The firm has not yet issued a statement on the crash. Jonglei State Governor Denay Jock Chagor said he received the news with “shock and horror” and sent condolences to…

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OPINION PIECE: A Free and Fair Election is the Solution to South Sudan’s Woes

Written By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth In this election, and in true democratic fashion, the losers must congratulate the winners JUBA, South Sudan, October 21, 2020/ — By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Former Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan The Republic of South Sudan was born – literally out of the ashes – on 9 July 2011 after decades of a debilitating and costly war. The people of South Sudan must be appreciated for their sustained commitment to sovereign independence, and to finally win their freedom, despite the grave costs that we paid…

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Sudan’s govt, rebel groups sign landmark peace deal

– – Sudan’s government and rebel groups on Saturday inked a landmark peace deal aimed at ending decades of war in which hundreds of thousands died. Ululations and cheers rang out as one by one, representatives from the transitional government and rebel groups signed the deal, a year after the peace talks began, at a ceremony in the South Sudanese capital Juba, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. “Today we have reached a peace agreement. We are happy. We have finished the mission,” Tut Gatluak, head of the South Sudanese…

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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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