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South Sudan President integrates rival’s officers into army

South Sudan President integrates rival’s officers into army

SOUTH Sudan President Salva Kiir ordered military officers loyal to his vice president, Riek Machar, to be officially integrated into a unified command of the army, state media said, a central pillar of the peace process. Kiir and Machar's forces signed a peace agreement in 2018 that ended five years of civil war. But implementation has been slow and the opposing forces have clashed frequently over disagreements about how to share power. Fighting has flared in recent weeks. Following pressure from donors and international partners, the two men met on April 8 and Machar submitted a list of officers to…
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‘South Sudan’s VP Machar ousted as party head’

‘South Sudan’s VP Machar ousted as party head’

DENIS DUMO  SOUTH Sudan's Vice President Riek Machar has been deposed as head of his party and its armed forces, rival military leaders have said, a move that could pressure an already fragile peace process. Machar played a major role in pushing his partner, President Salva Kiir, to a peace deal in 2018 and in the subsequent formation of a unity government following years of civil war. But he was stripped of party posts after a three-day meeting of senior leaders of his SPLM/A-IO movement who accused him of undermining reforms and giving family members strategic posts, said a statement…
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South Sudan parliament dissolved

South Sudan parliament dissolved

SOUTH Sudan's President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, a long-awaited step to pave the way for the appointment of lawmakers from formerly warring parties in the country. The move was in line with a peace deal signed to end a civil war that began in 2013. The president dissolved parliament on Saturday and the new body will be formed in "a matter of time, not too long", his spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters. According to the deal that ended the civil war, parliament must be expanded from 400 members to 550 and must include members from all parties to…
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Prominent South Sudan critic says government sent hit squad for him; Juba denies

Prominent South Sudan critic says government sent hit squad for him; Juba denies

ARSHAD MOHAMMED and JULIO -CESAR CHAVEZ A prominent South Sudanese economist fled to the United States on Thursday and accused South Sudan's President Salva Kiir of ordering a hit squad to kill or kidnap him in Kenya, an allegation immediately denied by the Juba government. Peter Biar Ajak landed at Dulles Airport outside Washington with his wife and three small children after travelling from Nairobi. He told Reuters that top South Sudanese officials whom he declined to identify had warned him that Kiir had ordered a team to abduct or murder him in the Kenyan capital. Ajak said SUVs with…
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