South Sudan’s top police chiefs dismissed after government-rebels agreement

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sacked several top police generals, including the police chief and his deputy, local media report.

The dismissals came after the talks between the government and rebels, after which Kiir agreed to give the interior ministry, which is in charge of policing, to rebels as part of a peace deal brokered by regional mediators.

Police chief Pieng Deng Kuol and his deputy Andrew Kuol Nyuon have been replaced with Makur Arol and Biel Ruot respectively.

The government and the rebels held talks in the capital Juba, where they reached an agreement on sharing portfolios in a new unity government.

The government got 16 cabinet slots, including finance, defence and national security, while the rebels got 10 slots, including petroleum, interior ministry and humanitarian affairs.

Former political detainees got foreign affairs and transport, while opposition parties were given cabinet affairs and agriculture.

South Sudan has been rocked by conflict since 2013 when President Kiir accused his then deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup against his government.

Machar denied the allegations then proceeded to rally his supporters to form a faction to oppose the government.

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