The Washington Post
South Sudan again delays its first election:
Parties to the peace deal ending South Sudan’s civil war have again delayed the country’s first elections since independence by extending the transitional period by two years. The vote meant for early next year has been pushed to December 2024. In explaining the delay, President Salva Kiir said he wanted to avoid creating conditions for more bloodshed. Kiir, who has led South Sudan since its independence from Sudan in 2011, called on holdout groups to join him in implementing the peace process. Kiir and opposition groups signed the peace deal in 2018. But its provisions remain largely unimplemented.