South Sudan rivals sign final power-sharing deal

South Sudan rivals sign final power-sharing deal

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

This leaves many in South Sudan doubtful on whether the deal would end the 5-year civil war in the country.

It began when Mr Kiir fired his then deputy Mr Machar, accusing him of planning a coup - an allegation he denied.

Kiir and Machar's factions have already agreed on a permanent ceasefire and withdrawing of their forces from civilian areas, in talks mediated by Khartoum in series of dialogues hosted by Bashir.

"In fact, such an agreement may sow the seeds of another cycle of conflict", it said. According to the deal, there will be 550 members of parliament.

Still, Ahmed said the parties disagree on the power-sharing at the level of local governments, but they are determined to solve the issue before the final signing of the document on August 5.

"I would urge. IGAD to focus after this on the implementation of the agreement", Machar said in his address.

But he highlighted several challenges going forward, especially in accommodating a bloated government.

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Uhuru appealed to the political leadership in South Sudan to secure the future of the region by commencing the implementation of the agreement.

Washington has been sceptical about the success of the latest peace initiative, given the enmity between Kiir and Machar.

Sudan helped broker the agreement.

The United Nations said the power-sharing deal was a "significant step".

A 2015 peace agreement was shattered when the warring parties renewed fighting in July 2016 in the capital, forcing rebel leader Riek Machar to flee into exile.

But Bashir said with South Sudan expected to resume oil production, Juba would raise enough funds not only for the huge administration costs but also reconstruction of the broken road infrastructure network.

The day before, the President, after meeting with the Sudanese Foreign Minister, told the press that he is committed to the agreement to share power and promised that it will not collapse like the previous ones.

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