South Sudan rivals sign power sharing deal

By BBC

South Sudan’s government has reached a power-sharing agreement with the country’s main rebel group.

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal in neighboring Sudan.

The deal, which will see Machar return to power as one of five vice-presidents, is aimed at ending a five-year civil war which has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions.

Previous attempts to find a peaceful solution had failed

The deal, which paves the way to a final peace accord, was signed in the presence of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his counterparts from Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti, along with foreign diplomats.

Once a final peace deal is signed, the foes will have three months to form a transitional government which will then hold power for three years.