South Sudan Forms Transitional Government

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South Sudan’s reunited leaders have established a long-awaited transitional government as part of the nation’s peace process.

The move sees President Salva Kiir’s government effectively split power with rival Riek Machar and his supporters. South Sudan’s transitional government is intended to mark the start of peace in the troubled nation – eight months after Kiir and Machar signed the latest ceasefire.

 

Cabinet to be sworn in on Friday

The newly-formed cabinet is set to be officially sworn in on Friday with Machar’s supporters taking petroleum and interior cabinet posts. Meanwhile, Kiir’s party members will get the defence and finance portfolios in the reshuffle.

Another group of opposition members will take the top roles in foreign affairs and agriculture, completing the power share. The new transitional government is designed to improve the country’s economy, reduce corruption and – above all – bring peace to the war-torn country.

 

International community welcomes new government

Various members of the international community had voiced concerns over delays in establishing South Sudan’s transitional government. Former opposition leader Riek Machar’s return was crucial to forming the new government, but his arrival was delayed until this week.

Progress has been quick since his arrival, however, and the swearing-in of South Sudan’s transitional government on Friday will mark a historic event for the world’s youngest nation.

The international community has been equally quick to praise the progress made this week. The US, in particular, has welcomed the move and vowed to support the country’s new government. Yesterday it was revealed the US would send more aid to South Sudan, but it also warned the nation that action would be taken if the new government fails to implement peace.

 

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By USAID Africa BureauA young girl hangs the South Sudan flag, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21460264