South Sudan president, rebel leader agrees to form unity government

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar today agreed to form a unity government, a long-delayed step towards ending six years of war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. Mr Kiir said, the new government will be formed on Saturday and he will appoint Machar as his first Vice President, or top deputy tomorrow.

The President said, security arrangements, one crucial issue, will be resolved after the government's formation. He said, the protection of Machar and others with the opposition will be under his responsibility.

South Sudan's civil war broke out just two years after mass celebrations after gaining hard-fought independence from Sudan. The conflict badly hurt the oil-rich nation's economy and roughly half the country's 12 million people are hungry today.



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