The parties to the conflict in southern Sudan sign a final peace agreement
Khartoum, August 5, 2018 – The parties to the conflict in southern Sudan signed on Sunday evening a final peace agreement, ending more than four years of civil war in the nascent state.
President Salva Kiir, opposition leader Rick Machar, a representative of former political prisoners and representatives of other opposition groups in southern Sudan signed the agreement at a signing ceremony at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum.
The signed peace agreement focuses on governance and security between warring parties.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Dardari Mohamed Ahmed said opposition groups had finally agreed to sign the deal.
The Government of Southern Sudan and opposition groups agreed to five vice-presidents during the transitional period and the return of the main opposition leader Riek Machar to his post as First Vice President.
The agreement also provides for the establishment of 35 ministries during the transitional period, in addition to expanding the parliament to 550 members.