S.Sudan's Kiir vows power sharing deal with rival will hold

Leroy Wright
August 6, 2018

But Bashir said with South Sudan expected to resume oil production, Juba would raise enough funds not only for the huge administration costs but also reconstruction of the broken road infrastructure network.

President Salva Kiir, opposition leader Riek Machar, a representative of the former political detainees and representatives for other South Sudan opposition groups signed on the agreement during a signing ceremony at Sudan's Friendship Hall in Khartoum.

On Friday, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said he believed the new peace deal between his government and the main rebel group would not collapse because it was not forced upon them like previous accords.

South Sudan's almost five-year conflict began after Kiir accused his then-vice president Machar of plotting a coup against him in 2013.

"The agreement we have just signed today must map the end of conflict and war in our country", Kiir said in a speech in English after signing the deal. "I gave my reservations", Kiir said. "Where will I get this?" "Whoever signed this agreement will remain committed to it so that we rescue the suffering of our peoples".

Kiir and Machar's factions have already agreed on a permanent ceasefire and withdrawing of their forces from civilian areas, in talks mediated by Khartoum in series of dialogues hosted by Bashir.

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The Foreign Minister updated President Kenyatta on agreements reached in respect to security arrangements and governance chapters of the 2016 Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).

The deal also provides for 35 ministries during the transitional period.

South Sudan became independent in 2011.

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

With the country's agricultural sector severely disrupted, seven million South Sudanese - more than half of the population - will need food aid in 2018, the United Nations says.

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