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South Sudan’s rivals form unity government meant to end war

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan opened a new chapter in its fragile emergence from civil war Saturday as rival leaders formed a coalition government that many observers prayed would last this time around.

A day after President Salva Kiir dissolved the previous government, opposition leader Riek Machar was sworn in as his deputy, an arrangement that twice collapsed in fighting during the conflict that killed nearly 400,000 people.

South Sudan president to reappoint rebel leader Machar in unity gov't

JUBA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan President Salva Kiir said on Thursday he will reappoint opposition leader Riek Machar on Friday as First Vice President.

Machar, leader of Sudan People's Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO), will assume his position of First Vice President as stipulated in the 2018 revitalized peace agreement.

Kiir disclosed that he had agreed with Machar to form the unity government on Saturday and continue with the implementation of the outstanding issues.

South Sudan cuts number of states from 32 to 10, unlocking peace process

JUBA, South Sudan (Reuters) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir said on Saturday he was cutting the number of states from 32 to 10, unlocking a stalled peace deal and paving the way for the formation of a long- awaited unity government.

“The compromise we have made today is a painful decision but a necessary one if that is what brings peace”, Kiir said in a statement. “I expect the opposition to be prepared to do the same.”

The regional group IGAD had given the government until Saturday to find a solution over the number of states the country should have.

South Sudan Gov’t, Opposition Sign Framework Peace Deal

KHARTOUM, Jan 25 (NNN-SUNA) — The Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector, on Friday, signed a framework peace agreement.

The deal was signed at the Presidential Palace in Juba, capital of South Sudan, which is mediating between the rival Sudanese parties, according to a statement by Sudan’s sovereign council.

The deal includes items on security arrangements and system of rule, the statement said.

South Sudan talks fail to end impasse over state boundaries

JUBA, Jan 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The latest round of peace talks between South Sudan’s two rival leaders has failed to strike a deal on the vital issue of internal boundaries, mediators said.

Critics have accused President Salva Kiir of reorganising state boundaries to shore up his power and the issue has hobbled talks with rebel leader Riek Machar.

South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza, mediating the talks in South Sudan’s capital Juba, said the two men had agreed to a week-long arbitration process to help resolve the dispute.

UN urges for patience on South Sudan parties to implement outstanding issues

JUBA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said on Tuesday that warring parties need to be given a benefit of patience to complete the outstanding issues within the signed revitalized peace agreement.

David Shearer, head of UNMISS, told journalists that both President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar need the 100 days to resolve the outstanding issues and that the international community and African Union should give them a benefit of patience.

South Sudan faces crisis in forming new coalition government

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — War-torn South Sudan is “barreling toward a crisis” and could slide back into fighting, warned the International Crisis Group on Monday.

The new report said the country’s warring parties aren’t ready to form a coalition government on November 12th, when opposition leader Riek Machar is planned to return and once again serve as President Salva Kiir’s deputy, as part of a power sharing agreement to pull the country out of a five-year civil war that killed almost 400,000 people.

South Sudan's Machar urges delay to unity government as peace efforts stall

JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan’s main opposition accused the government on Wednesday of failing to push through a peace deal and called for a six-month delay in the formation of a unity administration, casting a shadow over efforts to end years of fighting.

The spokesman for former rebel leader Riek Machar said he did not believe he would be able to join a unity government on Nov. 12 - a deadline agreed in September after months of talks, broken ceasefires and pressure from the United Nations, the United States and regional powers.

South Sudan launches manual to offer psychosocial support to ex-child soldiers

JUBA, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan on Thursday launched its first manual to offer psychosocial support services to help rehabilitate and reintegrate thousands of former child soldiers during the five years conflict.

Jean Lieby, Chief of Child Protection of UN Children Fund (UNICEF) , said the facilitator manual of psychosocial support activities and trainers guide will help them reach 150,000 out of 1 million former child soldiers including girls this year alone.

South Sudanese urged to stop war, focus on peace

6 Sep 2019; MEMO: South Sudan’s president on Thursday called on people to stop war and focus on peace and development in the country, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Let us not talk about war in the country but speak about peace and development. War used to destroy the country and we have seen it as our people are suffering now,” Salva Kiir said at the 64th Veterans Day Celebration ceremony.

Kiir called on youth in the country to unite and stop tribalism.

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