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Peace deal: South Sudan President reappoints bitter rival

As part of a peace deal to calm frayed nerves, South Sudan President Salva Kiir has reappointed his biggest rival Riek Machar as vice-president in a bid to end more than 24 months of war.

According South Sudan state television, a presidential decree was announced confirming Mr Machar’s reappointment with the president and his vice both agreeing to share out ministerial positions.

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This development returns the government to where it was before war broke out in December 2013 after Mr Kiir accused Mr Machar of plotting a coup.

The accusation led to civil strife leaving thousands of people dead and more than two million people displaced in the world’s youngest country and one of the least developed.
A semblance of peace started to play itself out when both sides signed a peace deal last August amid threat of UN sanction.

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