South Sudan's warring leaders agree to share power, again

July 25, 2018 - 11:51 am

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government says President Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader Riek Machar have agreed to share power in a transitional government in the latest effort to end a five-year civil war.

Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth announced the agreement to reporters in Sudan's capital, Khartoum.

Sudan's Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed says the final peace agreement will be signed Aug. 5.

Sudan's official SUNA news agency says Kiir will head the government during the transitional period and Machar will return as first vice president. It says the agreement has been initialed.

A similar arrangement, however, fell apart in July 2016 when fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, and Machar fled the country.

The civil war broke out in December 2013 between supporters of Kiir and his then-deputy Machar.

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