South Sudan parties agree to form interim govt


President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to form a transitional government by the middle of November.

Machar meets Kiir at the presidential palace in Juba, capital of South Sudan.

Information Minister Makuei Lueth said both parties ironed out issues and agreed to establish a transitional government of national unity by Nov. 12, as agreed earlier.

Both leaders also agreed to speed up screening and registration of their forces that will form the unified 83,000-force to provide security in the country.

President Kiir said other outstanding issues will be also be resolved, as discussions progress on a positive note. He, however, did not elaborate on the progress and remaining issues.

Kiir and Machar signed a pact last year that called for establishing a national unity government. But its implementation got delayed because the government had said it did not have enough money to fund disarmament and the integration of all the armed factions.

South Sudan slid into crisis when Kiir sacked Machar as vice president in Dec. 2013 on suspicion of plotting a coup.

The country plunged into a civil war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced four million people to migrate from their homes. Both the leaders finally struck a peace deal in 2018, which remains to be implemented.


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