South Su­dan’s ri­vals agree to cease­fire

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9 A cease­fire be­tween South Su­dan’s war­ring par­ties be­gan on Christ­mas Eve, in the lat­est bid to end a devastating four-year war.

Gov­ern­ment and sev­eral armed groups signed a cease­fire deal dur­ing peace negotiations in Ad­dis Ababa.

The agree­ment says all forces should “im­me­di­ately freeze in their lo­ca­tions”, halt actions that could lead to con­fronta­tion and re­lease po­lit­i­cal de­tainees, as well as ab­ducted women and chil­dren.

Riek Machar, pic­tured, the for­mer vice-pres­i­dent whose fall­ing out with pres­i­dent Salva Kiir started the con­flict in De­cem­ber 2013, or­dered his rebel forces to “cease all hos­til­i­ties”.

South Su­dan’s lead­ers fought for decades for in­de­pen­dence but, after achiev­ing it in 2011, a power strug­gle be­tween Kiir and Machar led to civil war two years later.

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