Salva Kiir, Riek Machar sign final power-sharing deal

Salva Kiir, Riek Machar sign final power-sharing deal

Salva Kiir, Riek Machar sign final power-sharing deal

The South Sudan government reached a final peace deal and power-sharing agreement with the country's main rebel group on Sunday, said the foreign minister of neighbouring Sudan, which has been helping to broker the agreement.

Direct peace talks in the Sudanese capital Khartoum between President Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, in addition to representatives of other South Sudan's opposition groups, were hosted under patronage of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has promised that the recently agreed peace deal will not collapse.

Mr Kiir said on Friday he was more confident that the current deal would work because it had not been "forced on us" unlike previously.

His rival and former deputy Riek Machar who leads the SPLM-IO rebel group is also expected to attend. This is why when I came sign.

The day before, the President, after meeting with the Sudanese Foreign Minister, told the press that he is committed to the agreement to share power and promised that it will not collapse like the previous ones.

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The peace agreement focuses on governance and security between the warring parties.

The deal, which will see Mr Machar return to power as one of five vice-presidents, is aimed at ending a five-year civil war which has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions.

The deal further stipulated a transitional national legislative body composed of 550 members, with 332 from the government, and 128 from the SPLM-IO.

President Kiir also said the remaining outstanding issues will be finalized with his rivals as soon as he arrives in Khartoum.

A similar arrangement fell apart in July 2016 when fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, and Machar fled the country.

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