S.Sudan Kiir re-appoints ex-rival Machar as vice president

South Sudan's President Kiir re-appoints ex-rival Machar as vice president to reach peace deal

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

South Sudan's president appoints rival as deputy, sealing peace deal.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has re-appointed his ex-rival Riek Machar as vice president, a move to end months of civil war in the war-torn country, under a decree issued on Thursday.  

The latest move was expected to bring back peace to the world's newest country. Fighting erupted between supporters of the two men in December 2013, after president Kiir accused Machar of orchestrating a coup attempt.   

The announcement according to a decree read out on a state TV said Machar was re-appointed as the country’s vice president, his former position before he was sacked in 2013.

In 2011 oil-producing South Sudan split away from Sudan, with celebrations and promises from international donors, but its backers were shocked when fighting erupted in the country, mainly along ethnic lines.

In August last year Kiir and Machar signed a peace deal under diplomatic pressure, including the threat of sanctions. The deal has repeatedly broken down since then.

In January the two men also agreed to share ministerial positions in a transitional national unity government.  

The conflict in South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, killed over 10,000 people in the country and displaced more than 2 million.

TRTWorld, Reuters