SOUTH SUDAN DELAYS PEACE DEAL CELEBRATIONS BY ONE DAY

JUBA, The South Sudan government, on Friday, moved peace-day celebrations, originally scheduled for Oct 30, to Oct 31, citing technical reasons.

Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, said, the move is to allow the organising committee to complete all the necessary arrangements for the venue, before hosting international dignitaries and regional heads of states and government, in Juba.

“The government has decided that the celebration should be pushed for a day, but it will be on Oct 31. This is to give a chance for any technical work which is incomplete, to allow it to be completed so that the celebration comes out the way we expected,” Makuei told journalists.

The government has invited the country’s main opposition leader, Riek Machar, to attend as a gesture of reconciliation and unity.

South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, his former deputy and arch rival, Machar, and several opposition groups signed a power-sharing deal in Ethiopia in Sept.

The conflict, which was entering into its fifth year before the cessation of hostilities, erupted in 2013, after the forces loyal to Kiir and Machar engaged in combat.

Millions of South Sudanese civilians had sought refuge in neighbouring countries, as the conflict rages on, despite attempts by international players to end it.

Source: NAM News Network