JUBA, 11 JULY 2018 – South Sudanese rebels have rejected a peace plan to reinstate Riek Machar as vice president of the war ravaged country.
Machar was deputy president to South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir until 2013 but a political disagreement between the two quickly degenerated into a war.
President Kiir’s office announced the deal Sunday in Juba, capital of South Sudan. It had been reached over the weekend at talks mediated by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.
On Monday, the deputy spokesperson for Machar’s SPLN-IO Puok Both Baluang called the deal “unacceptable”. He said getting the position of First Vice President was not enough. “We are focusing more on structural and institutional issues to constrain Kiir’s region both in the executive and legislature.”
A similar power-sharing deal was reached in 2015 but it collapsed a year later.
The ongoing civil war in South Sudan is primarily fought along ethnic lines opposing Kiir’s Dinka to Machar’s Nuer groups.
A ceasefire reached a month ago has been frequently violated.