South Sudan Leader Warns Rival Over Unity Government

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South Sudan Leader Warns Rival Over Unity Government
South Sudan Leader Warns Rival Over Unity Government

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has threatened to form a unity government without opposition leader Riek Machar if he does not return to the country soon.

He gave the warning during prayers being hosted at State House in the capital, Juba, to mark one year since the signing of a peace deal.

The agreement, which ended a five-year civil war that killed tens of thousands of people, forced millions from their homes and devastated the economy, sets a November 2019 deadline to set up a joint government.

“I want to promise you that in November the national unity government must be formed. If the armed opposition does not want to form a government, we will go ahead with the other signatory parties to form the government on time,” Mr Kiir said.

Last week, the two rivals held their first face-to-face talks in months in Juba and said progress was being made on forming the government, though some issues still needed to be sorted such as security arrangements.

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