As South Sudan moves to form a government of national unity, after years of civil conflict, mediators to the country’s peace agreement are cautiously optimistic that the peace will hold.
Former rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in as South Sudan’s first vice president on Saturday as part of a unity government with his former adversary President Salva Kiir, a tentative step toward peace after years of civil war ravaged the oil-rich yet impoverished nation.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir is due to swear in former rebel leader Riek Machar as his first vice president on Saturday after the two men agreed to form a unity government, a move that could definitively end years of fighting in the country.
The United Nations has cautiously welcomed the announcement that a transitional government of national unity will be formed by the February 22nd deadline in South Sudan.
A new United Nations Human Rights Report has found that millions of South Sudanese civilians have been deliberately deprived of access to basic services and many deliberately starved while politicians divert national revenues.
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.
Deputy President David Mabuza has praised the decision by South Sudan President Salva Kiir to return the country to 10 States plus 3 Administrative Areas.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Thursday pardoned dozens of prisoners including a prominent economist jailed for giving interviews to foreign media, saying it was a goodwill gesture to rejuvenate the country’s stalled peace process.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir said he had reached a deal with former rebel leader Riek Machar on Tuesday to form a transitional unity government even if they fail to resolve all their differences before a new deadline.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned of a potential famine in South Sudan in the next few months as an increasing number of people seek food assistance due to flood, drought and conflict.