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South Sudan Rival Leaders Given 100 Days To Form Unity Government.

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South Sudan’sopposition leader Riek
Machar (R) arrives for talks
on South Sudan’s proposed unity government at
State House in Entebbe, Uganda, on
November 7, 2019./ AFP

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel
leader Riek Machar have been given another
100 days to form a power-sharing
government after failing to resolve
differences over a peace deal.
The two leaders, whose fall out in 2013
sparked a conflict that has left hundreds of
thousands dead, were granted the extension
after a rare face-to-face meeting held with
regional heavyweights in Uganda.
It is the second time the deadline has been
pushed back since the rivals signed a truce
last September that brought a pause to
Both sides had agreed to join forces in a
coalition government by November 12. But
with the date looming and key issues far from
resolved, regional leaders brokered high-
level mediations in Entebbe to chart a way
“It was really impossible to have them reach
agreement in five days. We’ve given them
three months and we will continue our
engagement,” Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam
Kutesa told AFP following the closed-door
discussions at State House in Entebbe.
The meeting “agreed to extend the pre-
transitional period… and to review progress
after fifty days from that date”, Kutesa said
after the meeting, reading from an official
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, General
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who heads
neighbouring Sudan’s sovereign council, and
Kalonzo Musyoka, a special envoy from
Kenya, were among top delegates at the
regional gathering.
The peace deal has largely stopped the
fighting that erupted just two years after
South Sudan achieved independence, violence
that left nearly 400,000 dead and displaced
close to four million people.
Observers had warned pushing the foes to
form a unity government before
disagreements over security and state
boundaries were resolved threatened to
plunge the country back into war.
“Another extension is far preferable than a
return to conflict,” said Alan Boswell, senior
analyst at the International Crisis Group (ICG)
think tank.


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