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South Sudan parties start final phase of peace talks

August 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) – The IGAD mediation has formally launched in Khartoum the final phase of talks on the pending issues and the modalities of implementation of the revitalized peace agreement, as they have one week to finalize their discussions before the 19 of August.
According to the agenda seen by Sudan Tribune, the parties will discuss the Article 4 of the governance chapter on the number and boundaries of states, the creation of five new ministries and their clustering, (…)


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South Sudanese army killed 232 civilians in April-May attacks: UN report

August 12, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese army and its allied militias have been accused of killing over two hundreds civilians, committing rape and burning villages in a series of attacks carried out in southern Unity region from 16 April to 24 May 2018.
Based on the findings of an investigation carried out by the UNMISS Human Rights Division’s, (HRD), the peacekeeping mission and the UN human rights body OHCHR released a joint report documenting grave human right violation against civilians (…)


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Sudan’s al-Bashir accepts nomination for president in 2020 election

August 11, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir accepted his nomination by the Shura (Consultative) Council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) for the party candidate for the presidential elections in 2020 even though the country’s constitution limits a president to two terms.
“I want to thank the party’s leadership and members for placing your confidence in my humble person. This is a great trust and responsibility. It is my honour and privilege to accept this (…)


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Recent arrangements for peace in South Sudan are “not realistic”: Troika

August 10, 2018 (JUBA) – The Troika countries Friday warned the IGAD mediators against the unsustainability of the arrangements recently agreed by the South Sudanese parties to resolve the outstanding governance and security issues.
“We are concerned that the arrangements agreed to date are not realistic or sustainable. Given their past leadership failures, South Sudanese leaders will need to behave differently and demonstrate commitment to peace and good governance,” said a joint (…)


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President Kiir orders South Sudan’s army to integrate ex-rebels

August 9, 2018 (JUBA) – President Salva Kiir who is also the commander-in-chief of the national army has instructed the South Sudanese military to turn their back to the war and prepare themselves to welcome and integrate the former rebels who will join them soon to form one army.
Within 8 months from the beginning of the transitional period, the rebel fighters shall integrate the national army after receiving the necessary training. the quick integration of the armed groups was one the (…)


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President Kiir pardons SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar

August 8, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has pardoned the leader of the main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, Riek Machar after nearly five years of fighting, said a presidential decree released on Wednesday.
In accordance with the Republican Order Number 14/2018 the President granted a “general amnesty to the leader of SPLM-IO Dr Riek Machar Teny and other estranged groups who waged war against the Government of the Republic of South Sudan from 2013 to date.”
Kiir and (…)


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SSOA signed S. Sudan governance deal because its demands have been answered

August 7, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) said they signed the agreement on the outstanding issues of governance because it had been changed upon the request of President Omer al-Bashir.
The opposition umbrella surprised the attendance and TV audience with the appearance of the SSOA leader Gabriel Changson Chang and SPLM-FDs leading member Deng Alor at the Friendship Hall among the signatories of the agreement.
In a joint statement on 3 August, the two groups (…)


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South Sudanese will not accept to review 32 states : Kiir

August 6, 2018 (JUBA) – President Salva Kiir said South Sudanese will not accept to review the 32 states but stressed that the revitalized peace agreement now has been signed and no one can contest it.
Despite the signing of the power-sharing and governance in Khartoum on Sunday, two groups from the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) voiced their rejection of the deal.
They want that change of the territorial administrative system to be effective during the transitional period and not (…)


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Another opposition group distances itself from South Sudan Governance deal

August 6, 2018 (JUBA) – The National Salvation Front (NAS) which is part of the opposition umbrella South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Monday distanced itself from the agreement on outstanding issues of governance.
SSOA leader Gabriel Changson Chang and SPLM-FDs leading member Deng Alor on Sunday signed the governance deal with President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar after a meeting with the IGAD leaders where they were informed that the talks will continue in Khartoum and (…)


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President Kiir, opposition groups sign South Sudan governance agreement

August 5, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – President Salva Kiir and key South Sudanese opposition leaders without exception have appended their signature on the agreements on governance on Sunday putting aside their concerns over the power-sharing and number of states.
The South Sudan Opposition Alliance and the FDs surprisingly were among the signatories of the agreement on the outstanding issues on governance without reservations.
Still, it is not clear why the holdout groups shifted their position (…)


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Opposition alliance accuses Khartoum of intimidating its faction to sign South Sudan deal

August 4, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) accused the Sudanese security services of intimidating some opposition representatives in Khartoum and ordering them to sign the governance agreement on behalf of their groups.
“Sudan Security personnel has resorted to extreme intimidation and arm-twisting coercing SSOA members to sign on behalf of their constituent parties,” the group in a statement released on Saturday evening.
“At this moment some members of SSPM, SSLM, (…)


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South Sudanese opposition groups reject Khartoum governance deal

August 3, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese political opposition groups Friday declared their rejection of the agreement on the outstanding issues on governance, dashing hopes for an inclusive deal on 5 August 2018.
In a joint statement on Friday, the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) and the SPLM-FDs said they have been informed by the mediation that Juba rejected their proposals to settle the difference over the Independent Boundary Committee (IBC), and the proposed referendum which is (…)


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SPLM-IO rebukes calls for Equatorians to join Bakasoro & Cirilo

August 2, 2018 (JUBA) – The spokesperson of the main armed opposition group has reprimanded Equatorians calling on SPLM-IO members from the greater Equatoria to join two groups led by opposition leader from the region and to quit Machar group.
As the signing of a revitalized peace agreement is approaching, there are calls in the social media for Equatorians to join two groups led by two Equatrians: former governor Joseph Bangazi Bakasoro and former army General Thomas.
The calls claimed (…)


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Ex CAR president circumvents UN sanctions by using S. Sudanese diplomatic passport: UN panel

August 1, 2018 (JUBA) – The UN Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic (CAR) said the former President François Bozizé circumvents sanctions including travel ban by using a South Sudanese diplomatic passport.
On 10 May 2014, the Security Council imposed individual sanctions against Bozize, who was ousted by predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels in March 2013, Nourredine Adam, a leader of Seleka, and Levy Yakete, an “anti-balaka” Christian militia leader.
According to the resolution, a (…)


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Former Detainees to sign governance agreement with reservations: Deng Alor

July 31, 2018 (JUBA) – Deng Alor, a leading member of the opposition Former Detainees (DFs) group said they will sign the governance agreement next Sunday with some reservations related to the issues of contention which will be settled in the next round of talks.
Speaking to the Voice of America radio programme “South Sudan in Focus”, Alors disclosed that their group has changed its mind and decided to sign the agreement on outstanding issues on governance after refusing to initial it on (…)


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Sudanese security free 5 Egyptian troops kidnapped in Libya

July 30, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Monday said it has freed an Egyptian force abducted by Libyan gunmen on the border triangle among Libya, Sudan and Egypt.
Director of Information Department at the NISS, Mohamed Hamid Tabidi told reporters at Khartoum Airport that Libyan gunmen have abducted an Egyptian army officer and four soldiers from the border triangle and took them inside the Libyan territory.
Tabidi described the rescue (…)


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South Sudan oil production to resume in September: minister

July 29, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir received a letter from his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir on the expected resumption of oil production next September.
The letter was handed over by South Sudanese Oil Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth who met al-Bashir on Saturday evening.
After the meeting, the minister told reporters that oil production will resume on 2 September with 45,000 barrels per day from El Toor and Toma South fields. After what will restart the (…)


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South Sudanese authorities arrest prominent activist

July 28, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese security service Saturday arrested a South Sudanese rights defender Peter Biar Ajak who is known for his activism for peace and his call for a new generation of leaders to lead the country.
The rights defender was arrested at Juba airport while he was on his way to Aweil to attend the Red Army Foundation commemoration day.
Akaj who is the founding chairman of South Sudan Young Leaders Forum (SSYLF), Red Army Foundation and NxGeneration of SouthSudan (…)


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