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South Sudan’s President Kiir to accept peace deal

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir says he is ready to accept details of a new peace deal to end current civil war.

The new deal will provide for five vice presidents for South Sudan and protect a power sharing arrangement.

South Sudan’s government has already revealed that former vice president Riek Machar will return to his former position.

He is to be re-instated in his position as part of the peace deal aimed at ending a civil war that has lasted almost five years.

The peace deal is meant to provide an inclusive government for rival factions in South Sudan.

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Salva Kiir says “The people of South Sudan are looking for peace and if that arrangement can bring about peace to the people of South Sudan, I am ready to take it.”

The South Sudanese President was speaking on Wednesday at a swearing-in ceremony for his foreign minister.

“People talk about exclusivity, nobody is to be left out of the government. I accept it,” he said.

A power sharing deal will be signed on Thursday by warring factions. Signing of what is called a “preliminary” power-sharing deal will be followed by a final deal in a month’s time.

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That final deal will be signed by Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir and rebel leader, Riek Machar.

Peace talks have so far failed to end conflict in South Sudan. Photo: Getty Images

There have been series of talks between these rival factions hosted by Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda.

Thousands of people have died in the 2013 civil war after troops loyal to the rebel Machar clashed with government troops.

South Sudan gained independence in 2011 from north Sudan but fighting broke out two years later.




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