South Sudan’s Machar wants peace accord delayed


South Sudan’s former Vice President and main opposition leader, Riek Machar is demanding a six-month extension to a Nov. 12 deadline for forming a unity government.

The deadline was agreed in September after months of talks, broken ceasefires and pressure from the United Nations, the United States and regional powers. But Machar is accusing the government of failing to push through the peace deal.

“It’s not rocket science that the government in Juba lacks the political will to implement the peace deal,” Machar’s spokesman Puok Buluang said, adding that the additional time would “give room” for resolving issues.

Puok Buluang also called on the government to release funds it had agreed to spend on implementing the accord.

South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011 after decades of war, then plunged into its own conflict at the end of 2013 after Kiir sacked Machar as vice president.


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