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South Sudan’s president agrees to have 10 states

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has agreed to return the country to ten states, including three administrative areas such as Abyei, Boma and Ruweng respectively following a meeting of the presidency at the State House on Friday.

In the statement issued by the presidency on Saturday, Kiir said he would accept a key demand of the opposition, the return to a federal system of ten states, paving the way for the formation of a unity government and the end of the civil war.

“We have just made a compromise in the interests of peace (…) I expect the opposition to do the same,” President Kiir said after a meeting in Juba of senior government and army officials.

President Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar are under pressure to resolve their differences by the 22 February deadline for forming a unity government under a peace agreement.


Kiir had repeatedly refused to reduce the number of federal states.

The signing of a peace agreement in September 2018 has reduced fighting in southern Sudan, but a UN human rights commission recently regretted an increase in armed violence and human rights abuses in the run-up to 22 February.

Southern Sudan descended into civil war in 2013 when Mr Kiir, a Dinka, accused Mr Machar, his former Nuer vice-president, of fomenting a coup d‘état.

The conflict, marked by ethnically motivated atrocities including murder and rape, has left more than 380,000 people dead and created a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.

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