On Thursday, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir formed a new unity cabinet made of former rebels and members of the opposition. …

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has formed a new unity cabinet

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On Thursday, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir formed a new unity cabinet made of former rebels and members of the opposition.

 

 

This move is considered as being a step forward toward the end the conflict that has been shaking this young nation for more than two years.

As laid down by the decree read out on state television and radio, one third of the ministers in the new 30-member “national unity” cabinet is coming from the SPLM-IO party led by Kiir's long-term rival Riek Machar.

Conflict broke out between both men's supporters in the capital in December 2013 after Kiir sacked Machar as first vice president. This situation has triggered the displacement of more than two million people and cost tens of thousands of lives.

Under pressure from the international community, both sides executed a peace deal in August repeatedly breached.

Machar fled the South Sudanese capital city at the beginning of the conflict in December 2013 and only returned to the capital city Juba on Tuesday where he was swiftly sworn in as vice-president.

(With Reuters Africa)

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