South Sudan warring parties sign peace deal

South Sudan’s government has reached a power-sharing agreement with the country’s main rebel group.

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal in neighbouring Sudan.

The deal, which will see 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.

Previous attempts to find a peaceful solution have failed

South Sudan became independent in 2011. It has been wracked by civil war, which has seen ethnic cleansing and numerous atrocities, since 2013.

The conflict has been fuelled by divisions between the Kiir’s Dinka and Machar’s Nuer ethnic groups.

06 August 2018

BBC