South Sudan’s warring factions sign power-sharing deal

Salva Kiir (right), Dr. Riek Machar (left). Photo: AFP

Khartoum, August 5, 2018 (SSNA) — South Sudanese rival factions signed a final power-sharing deals on Sunday, signaling a new hope for the war-ravaged young nation.

The final phase of the deal, which is designed to end the ongoing civil war in the country, was signed in Khartoum with Sudanese foreign minister saying the pact addresses all outstanding issues and that all parties to the conflict agreed to stop fighting.

The peace was initially rejected by other opposition parties but most of them agreed to sign it after closed-door negotiations, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned.

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, claimed on Friday that the Khartoum’s peace deal will not collapse because South Sudanese are the ones who agreed to the deal. He, however, lashed out at unnamed foreign powers for interfering in the August 2015 agreement.

On Thursday, Kenyan presidency said it will host the third round of South Sudan’s peace talks without disclosing when. It is not clear if Nairobi will still hold the talks.

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