Fresh fighting broke out on Friday in South Sudan just two days after the warring parties signed what the government called a “final final” peace agreement.
The peace deal was meant to end the civil war which has claimed many lives and displaced millions.
AP reports that the fresh clashes erupted in Central Equatoria state of South Sudan. It occurred after government troops stormed bases in Lainya and Kajo Keji counties.
The opposition spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel was quoted by AP as saying that the fighting “means the regime is not serious about the peace”.
But spokesperson for the South Sudan government, Lul Roai Koang also told the AP that the opposition’s claims are mere “propaganda.”
Koang says the fighting was rather instigated by opposition forces hiding along the Ugandan border trying to reclaim territory.
The new deal is to provide for five vice presidents for South Sudan and protect a power sharing arrangement.
Per the deal former Vice-President Riek Machar is expected to return to his former position. The transitional government would govern for three years.
The most recent deal was signed in 2015 but it did not help to end the conflict.
South Sudan gained independence in 2011 from north Sudan but fighting broke out two years later.