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US slams plan to extend South Sudan president’s term

The United States on Thursday condemned a bill proposed by South Sudan’s government to extend by another three years President Salva Kiir’s tenure as well as the tenure of his two deputies, parliament and state governors. The bill seeks to amend the Constitution to extend Kiir’s tenure to 2021, lawmakers said earlier this week. Deputy […]

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South Sudan ‘revitalized’ peace deal must be inclusive, Security Council told

The UN Security Council was told Thursday that South Sudan revitalized peace deal must be inclusive for a sustainable peace. And that the recent positive developments must be supported.   Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, made the statement while updating ambassadors on the ongoing process to end nearly five […]

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South Sudan’s Salva Kiir, Riek Machar sign peace deal (again)

South Sudanese rival leaders have signed a peace agreement in Khartoum on Wednesday. Sudan’s foreign minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed said the agreement also included the opening of crossings for humanitarian aid, the freeing of prisoners and the formation of a provisional government after four months. Two years after gaining independence, South Sudan descended into civil […]

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Congo Brazzaville becomes Africa’s 7th OPEC Member

The Ministry of Hydrocarbons for the Republic of the Congo has announced that the country has become the fifteenth member of the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Congo’s membership was approved during OPEC’s 174th ordinary meeting in Vienna. As the fourth-largest producer of oil in sub-Saharan Africa, Congo wants to increase its oil production […]

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South Sudan: President Kiir, rebel leader Machar in Ethiopia for talks

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Ethiopia this Wednesday for a meeting with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir. This is the first time the rebel leader returns to Ethiopia since a peace deal broke down in 2016. He had been held under house arrest in South Africa since late 2016 after fleeing South […]

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South Sudan’s Salva Kiir to meet Riek Machar for face-to-face talks

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has agreed to meet rebel leader Riek Machar for a face-to-face talks. The meeting was proposed by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a committee that has been leading talks between the government and the rebels to revive the 2015 peace deal. Kiir met Ethiopia’s prime minister who heads the […]

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South Sudan peace talks end in Ethiopia without deal

South Sudan peace talks in Ethiopia have ended on Wednesday without a deal. The conflicting parties on Monday agreed on only three issues out of over 11 demands raised by the opposition in Addis Ababa. According to Information minister Michael Makuei, the warring parties had agreed on cantonment of troops near Juba, unifying all the […]

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Kiir appoints Dier Ngor as governor of S. Sudan’s central bank

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Thursday, appointed Dier Ngor as new central bank governor. According to the Statement released by the Presidency, Kiir had also appointed Albino Othow as the first deputy governor. Kiir issued two other decrees removing Governor Othom Rago Ajak and his Deputy Governor from their posts. The presidential decree on […]

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South Sudan: President Salva Kiir names Gabriel Jok Riak new army chief

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has appointed General Gabriel Jok Riak as the new head of the army, State Television reported. The top army general’s appointment follows the death in Cairo last month of army Chief General James Ajongo. The new chief of the war-torn nation was trained at Bilpam in Jumus Battalion, attended Shield […]

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East African bloc of nations postpones South Sudan peace talks

The East African bloc of nations IGAD has postponed the next round of the South Sudan peace talks to next month. The talks in Addis Ababa were scheduled to be held April 26 to 30. The talks are expected to cover security and governance structures for South Sudan, the world’s newest country after the attainment […]

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