South Sudan president Kiir grants amnesty to rebel leader Machar, others

South Sudan president Kiir grants amnesty to rebel leader Machar, others
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (R) talks to South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar as they sign a cease fire and power sharing agreement with in Khartoum, Sudan August 5, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 09 August 2018

South Sudan president Kiir grants amnesty to rebel leader Machar, others

South Sudan president Kiir grants amnesty to rebel leader Machar, others

JUBA: South Sudan President Salva Kiir granted an amnesty to all those involved in the nation’s civil war including rebel leader Riek Machar, according to a television broadcast, days after they signed a peace deal.
On Sunday Kiir, SPLM-IO leader Machar — the president’s former deputy — and other groups signed a cease-fire and power-sharing agreement in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
The amnesty order was read out on state-run television late on Wednesday.
A political row between Kiir and Machar degenerated in 2013 into a war that has killed tens of thousands, forced a quarter of the population to flee their homes and wrecked the country’s oil-dependent economy.
The conflict has often been fought along ethnic lines. Previous peace deals have failed, including one in 2015 that briefly halted hostilities but fell apart after Machar returned to the capital Juba the following year.
SPLM-IO is the largest of the rebel groups fighting Kiir’s government, and fighters allied to it control several areas close to the capital.
Some of its generals broke off to form their own movements or to join Kiir’s government, and other anti-government groups have also emerged since the conflict erupted, some of which have fought against each other.