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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.

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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

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