South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday that his country is “heading towards lasting peace and stability.”
South Sudan’s warring leaders are being sued by a group of more than 300 civil society groups after delaying the formation of a unity government.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has warned organisers calling for protests on Thursday that any attempt to seize power will be met with “violent resistance”.
South Sudan’s ruling party and leading opposition group have agreed to delay the formation of a unity government by six months.
South Sudan’s government has hired US lobbyists to help it reverse sanctions imposed by the US and prevent the establishment of a court that would prosecute those guilty of committing war crimes in the country.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has called upon rebel leader Riek Machar to the country and implement a peace deal signed last year.
South Sudan has been described as “a hijacked state” and a “violent kleptocracy” in a condemning new report from the Enough Project.
South Sudan released five political prisoners on Thursday although none of them appear to be senior rebel officials whose release is required by the country’s tentative peace deal.
Members of South Sudanese rebel group the Federal Democratic Party (FDP) have accused Riek Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) of violating the country’s ceasefire.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered the army and security forces to fully observe the country’s ceasefire, following a number of breaches in parts of the country.