South Sudan rebel leader ‘refusing to sign deal’
South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar has refused to sign the latest draft of a peace deal aimed at ending five years of civil war.
The mediator of the peace talks, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Al Dirdiri Mohamed, said Mr Machar as well as a smaller rebel group had refused to sign.
President Salva Kiir and Mr Machar, his former deputy, signed up to a ceasefire in June and a power-sharing agreement last month but the details of a final deal are still being negotiated.
The civil war broke out in 2013 less than two years after South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan.
A quarter of the country’s population has been displaced by the conflict.
Cover photo: Riek Machar (L) and Salva Kiir (R) have been under pressure from regional leaders to make peace. Photo: AFP