South Sudan forms new coalition government of national unity

Published: Friday 29th April 2016 by The News Editor

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South Sudan’s leaders have formed a transitional coalition government, including politicians from the government and the armed opposition who have been at war for two-and-a-half years.

President Salva Kiir appealed to the international community to give money to the new government, which includes former rebel leader Riek Machar as first vice president.

Mr Machar said the security situation must be stabilised as fighting continues.

Mr Kiir named 16 of the new government’s 30 Cabinet ministers while Mr Machar nominated 10, and four others were selected by political groups outside of the factions of Mr Kiir and Mr Machar.

The government has a 30-month mandate culminating in fresh elections.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in South Sudan’s civil war since 2013 after a fallout between Mr Kiir and Mr Machar.

Published: Friday 29th April 2016 by The News Editor

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