South Sudan parties agree to form interim government by November twelfth
Written by Taiwo Adediran on September 11, 2019
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to form a transitional government by the twelfth of November. The country’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, said this after the two leaders met for peace talks today.
Government officials said that the two leaders discussed constitutional amendments, security laws and the number of regional states that the country should have. Both Kiir and Machar said their talks went well, without providing details. Machar said he will visit Juba more often.
South Sudan split away from Sudan in 2011 after decades of war but plunged into its own conflict at the end of 2013 after Kiir sacked Machar as vice president. Troops loyal to both men clashed in the capital that December and ethnically charged fighting soon spread.
The fighting has left about 380,000 people dead and forced more than four million South Sudanese to flee their homes. The World Food Program said today there was a slight improvement in food security as a result of the peace deal, however “more than half the population of South Sudan, some 6.35 million people, do not know where their next meal will come from.”