Peace at last in South Sudan!


It would appear that peace may be returning to war-torn South Sudan, after leaders signed a final peace deal on Wednesday evening.

A government spokesperson reportedly told the Associated Press news agency that it was a “final final” deal, BBC reports.

The signing of the final power-sharing agreement between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar is expected to bring an end to five years of civil war.

The deal was signed during a ceremony held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday evening.

The peace deal has an expanded transitional government, in which President Kiir retains his position, while Machar returns to government as one of five vice-presidents to be appointed.

To date, tens of thousands of people have been killed while millions have been displaced as a result of the conflict.

A similar peace deal, signed in 2015, collapsed within months throwing the country into further violence.

South Sudan is the newest country to be named, eventually finding independence from Sudan in July 2011, ending the longest-running civil war in Africa.

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