‘Fi­nal chance’ for South Su­dan’s spar­ring chiefs

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The African Union said on Fri­day that South Su­dan’s du­elling lead­ers had one fi­nal chance to form a govern­ment, back­ing US warn­ings that pa­tience with the fledg­ling na­tion’s govern­ment had run out. “I think both our friends here in Wash­ing­ton and us think that this can­not be a game of ex­tend­ing all the time,” said Smail Cher­gui, the AU’s com­mis­sioner for peace and se­cu­rity, af­ter talks be­tween the US and AU. South Su­dan Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar – whose fall­ing out in 2013 sparked a con­flict that has since killed hun­dreds of thou­sands – agreed to form a coali­tion govern­ment by Novem­ber 12. But African me­di­a­tors gave them 100 ex­tra days.

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