South Sudan

Kiir Meets Machar’s Chief Negotiator

The South Sudan President Salva Kiir has met the country’s rebel movement chief peace-talks negotiator Taban Deng Gai who returned to Juba with a group 150 men and women from the neighboring Ethiopia on Monday this week.

The meeting according to the Presidency took place on Tuesday at the presidential palace in the capital.

No further details were put out but the government maintained that it is fully committed to the return of peace in South Sudan that slid to a bloody internal crisis in late 2013.

Taban the former governor of the oil-richest Unity state was among the first leaders to break ranks with president Kiir and join the former vice president Dr. Riek Machar who took arms against his former boss.

Yesterday’s Juba meeting between the president and the rebel (SPLA- In Opposition) was the first of its kind since the two groups decided to speak the barrel language against each other.

The government and the rebel movement are expected to form a transitional government of national unity that is going to last three years.

The transitional government shall organize national elections before its expiry and as well make a constitution.

South Sudan is still operating on the 2011’s transitional constitution that was hastily put in place after gaining independence from the Arab dominated Republic of Sudan (North).

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