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Kiir, Machar Postpone Unity Government Formation Despite UN Security Council Deadline

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his political rival Dr Riek Machar have agreed to extend the implementation of revitalized transitional government of national unity for a further 100 days, Chimp Corps report.

This was during a meeting held at State House Entebbe today Thursday.

The meeting was facilitated by President Yoweri Museveni and graced by Kalonzo Musyoka (Ex-VP of Kenya and Special Envoy of Kenya to South Sudan).

The development comes barely two weeks after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) told the two rivals to form the unity government by November 12, 2019.

The security council said late last month that it wanted parties in the conflict to quickly implement the second peace agreement signed in September last year to end the six year civil that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced millions.

However, according to the joint communique issued by Uganda’s State House, the meeting noted the “incomplete critical tasks related to the security arrangements and governance, including the formation of the revitalized transitional government of national unity.”

The statement added: “In view of the above the meeting agreed to extend the pre transitional period of 100 hundred days effective from the 12th November, 2019 and to review progress after 50 days from that date and report to be submitted to the Heads of State and the Parties.”

The parties agreed to establish a mechanism from guarantors and the parties to supervise the implementation of the critical tasks. During this period the four IGA countries represented in the meeting agreed to request IGAD to address the status of Dr Riek Machar.

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