Uhuru voices support for Machar, Kiir power-sharing deal in South Sudan

Uhuru voices support for Machar, Kiir power-sharing deal in South Sudan

Uhuru voices support for Machar, Kiir power-sharing deal in South Sudan

The agreement also outlines guidelines on power sharing and governance, including settling boundary disputes which will be guided by a boundary commission and provides for an avenue for the people of South Sudan to participate in a referendum if need be to settle those rows.

Besides President Kenyatta, the signing of the agreement was also witnessed by Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, and Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti.

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal in neighbouring Sudan. "The agreement is in place and we will remain committed ... and will implement (it)", he said.

The war has killed tens of thousands, displaced some four million people and left the oil-rich country's economy in ruins.

"These outstanding issues that are not yet resolved we shall resolve them as soon as I land in Khartoum", said Kiir who added that the agreement when finalized will hold due to fact it was not mediated under pressure and intimidation.

"The 2016 conflict was forced on us, this is why when we signed the agreement I signed with 26 reservations and the agreement collapsed before us".

The civil war broke out in December 2013 between supporters of Kiir and his then-deputy Machar.

President Salva Kiir's team will take 20 positions in the new 35-member government, 9 positions will go to Machar's group and the rest will go to other small opposition groups. The transitional Parliament will comprise 550 lawmakers, 332 from Kiir's side and 128 from Machar's faction.

A similar peace deal was signed in 2015 but fell apart a year later in a deadly battle that saw Machar flee into exile.

"I would urge. IGAD to focus after this on the implementation of the agreement", Machar said in his address.

The talks come as part of a regional push aimed at achieving peace in the country, which plunged into a devastating conflict just two years after its independence from Sudan.

"As we have done, we shall continue to walk with you from this moment of great expectation to the full implementation of a Revitalized Agreement", President Kenyatta said.

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