South Sudan: Machar calls for further unity government delay

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The leader of South Sudan’s main opposition group Riek Machar has called for another six-month delay on implementing a unity government in another setback to the country’s peace process.

Machar accused the existing government of failing to fulfil its requirements in implementing key aspects of the peace deal ahead of establishing a unity government. A second delay would leave South Sudan waiting for its proposed transitional government for at least a year later than originally stated in last year’s peace deal.

Riek Machar calls for second unity government delay

Machar’s opposition group claims the government of President Salva Kiir lacks the political will to implement the country’s tentative peace deal. His party has a number of ongoing concerns, including the integration of his armed forces with the national army, which are yet to be achieved in accordance with the peace deal.

Machar insists a unity government can’t be formed until the current one commits to implementing all of the key terms of the deal.

While South Sudan’s peace deal has largely brought an end to fighting between rebel fighters and government troops, the political deadlock between President Kiir and his rival Machar continues to hold up the peace process.

Kiir’s office is yet to respond to Machar’s calls for a second delay.

Featured image: By VOA – South Sudan Rebels to Seek Peace, Respond to US Sanctions, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82811296

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.