South Sudanese gov't, opposition sign final peace deal, end 4 years of conflict

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The parties to the conflict in South Sudan on Sunday evening signed a final peace pact, ending more than four years of conflict in the youngest nation.

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

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

Giving details of the deal, the Sudanese foreign minister, Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed,  disclosed that the holdout opposition groups have finally agreed to sign the deal.

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

Under the pact, the South Sudanese government and opposition groups agreed to have five vice presidents during the transitional period, with Machar reinstated as the country’s first vice president.

The deal also provides for 35 ministries during the transitional period and 550 members of parliament.
-0- PANA SSB/VAO 6Aug2018

06 août 2018 15:23:09

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