South Sudan leaders promise peace as nation marks independence anniversary

South Sudan’s two most powerful politicians gave assurances on Friday that they would not lead the country back into war as they marked its 10th birthday, and Pope Francis said he would visit if they did more to maintain a fragile peace. Violence exploded in South Sudan in late 2013, two years after it seceded… Read More South Sudan leaders promise peace as nation marks independence anniversary

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir dissolves parliament in line with peace deal

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, a long-awaited step to pave the way for the appointment of lawmakers from formerly warring parties in the country. The move was in line with a peace deal signed to end a civil war that began in 2013. The president dissolved parliament on Saturday and the new… Read More South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir dissolves parliament in line with peace deal

South Sudan swears in former rebel leader Riek Machar as first vice president

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir swore in former rebel leader Riek Machar as his first vice president on Saturday after the two men agreed to form a unity government, a move that could definitively end years of fighting in the country. Riek and Machar had repeatedly pushed back deadlines to form a government of national… Read More South Sudan swears in former rebel leader Riek Machar as first vice president