South Sudan’s Warring Factions To Form Unity Government

South Sudan ’s President Salva Kiir is expected to swear in former rebel leader Riek Machar as his first vice president on Saturday following a pact between the two men to form a Government of National Unity (GNU).

Kiir and Machar had repeatedly pushed back deadlines to form a government of national unity following a peace accord signed in 2018.

The formation of a unity government is expected to end a war that has claimed 400 000 lives in Africa’s newest State.

The two rivals met on Thursday at State House and said that a government will be formed and they will resolve outstanding issues, such as the unification of the army, in the coming days.

The swearing-in is expected to take place at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT).

More: Reuters

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