South Sudan’s rivals form a Unity Government in a bid to end the War

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At peace; Dr. Riek Machar and Salva Kiir shake hands after forming a unity government; Online Photo

JUBA: President of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir has formed a government of National Unity today by appointing his long-time nemesis Dr. Riek Machar, as First Vice President.

Kirr also appointed James Wani, Taban Deng, and Rebecca Nyadeng as Second, Third and Fourth VPs which gives South Sudan People hope that there is a new momentum to end the conflict that for years, has plunged Africa’s youngest nation into chaos.

Immediately after Machar was sworn in, Kiir declared “the official end of the war, and we can now proclaim a new dawn.” Peace is “never to be shaken ever again,” He added that he had forgiven Machar and asking for Machar’s forgiveness, to applause.

Kiir called on their respective Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups to do the same.

Hugs and applause followed Machar’s swearing-in. He vowed to South Sudanese to work together “to end your suffering.”

And both he and Kiir thanked the pope for his gesture. “We are proud to report to him that we have also reconciled,” Kiir said. “We were greatly humbled and challenged” by him, Machar said.

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