Agreement on the unity government is in place in south Sudan

President Salva Kiir and the former oprørslede Riek Machar have reached an agreement on the long-awaited government. the president of south Sudan, Salva Kiir,

Agreement on the unity government is in place in south Sudan

President Salva Kiir and the former oprørslede Riek Machar have reached an agreement on the long-awaited government.

the president of south Sudan, Salva Kiir, says he and the country's rebel leader, reached agreement on the formation of a long-awaited unity government.

Kiir and Riek Machar, who is now opposition leader, has during the three days of negotiations in the capital Juba reached an agreement to settle the disputes which have prevented the formation of a government. It should have been in place no later than the 12. november.

There were international fears that a civil war would be resumed by the parties.

last month, the two leaders time to postpone a negotiations to form a government in 100 days beyond the prescribed time limit.

the UNITED states has imposed sanctions against two ministers in the south Sudan, which the americans accuse of having prolonged the conflict in the country.

south Sudan's defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, and kabinetsminister Martin Elia Lomuro accused by the UNITED states to have prolonged the conflict for private gain. The two have also delayed the formation of a unity government, believes the authorities in Washington.

south Sudan was plunged into a bloody civil war two years after it had seceded from Sudan in 2011.

A conflict between president Kiir and Machar, who at the time was the vice-president, evolved into a military confrontation.The parties entered into a peace agreement in 2015, but it collapsed, after the Machars rebel forces were forced out of the capital Juba by government forces.

Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives in the bloody conflict.

The two ærkerivaler has previously signed an agreement on a permanent ceasefire and power-sharing.

/ritzau/Reuters

Updated Date: 17 December 2019, 22:00

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