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South Sudan: President Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar Agree to form Unity government

Although, two deadlines have passed without Kiir and Machar, his former deputy turned foe, agreeing to join forces.

A soldier walks past women carrying their belongings near Benitu, northern South Sudan, February 11, 2017. Photography: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and opposition leader Riek Machar agreed on Tuesday, December 17 to form a unity government by a February deadline, as they face international censure over faltering peace talks.

Recently, South Sudan’s government has allocated $40m to speed up the integration of its soldiers with armed rebel fighters to create a unified national army – one of the provisions of a stalled peace agreement aimed at creating a power-sharing government after years of civil war, according to Aljazeera news agency report.

The rivals signed a truce in September 2018 but have failed to respect a cornerstone of that agreement that they form a power-sharing government and lay their differences to rest.

South Sudan’s ongoing conflict, which started in December 2013 had killed thousands of civilians often because of their ethnicity or perceived political alliances.

The revitalized peace deal on September 2018 has reduced fighting in most parts of the country. Though conflict and related abuses continue in parts of the equation, Greater Upper Nile and Greater Bahr el Ghazal.

The landlocked country in East-Central Africa gained independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011, making it the most recent sovereign state with widespread recognition.

SUSA Monitoring reports and analyses news from TV, radio, web and print media around the world.

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