South Su­dan rebel fac­tion signs peace deal

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KAM­PALA: A fac­tion of South Su­dan rebels based in Yei River State in the south­ern part of the coun­try on Sun­day signed a peace agree­ment with the gov­ern­ment, end­ing fierce fight­ing that has dis­placed thou­sands of peo­ple.

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Hil­lary Ed­son Yakani signed on be­half of the rebel group Su­dan Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army In Op­po­si­tion (SPLA IO) while Ma­jor-Gen­eral Mar­shal Ba­ba­nen signed on be­half of gov­ern­ment. Yakani said the SPLA IO would seek to per­suade other rebels to lay down their arms in a bid to re­build the coun­try.

Fight­ing broke out in South Su­dan in De­cem­ber 2013 after troops loyal to Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir fought with those of his then vice-pres­i­dent Riek Machar. The fight­ing has forced hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple to flee the coun­try. Xin­hua

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