South Sudan parliament ratifies peace deal


South Sudan’s parliament has ratified a peace agreement aimed at ending a 20-month conflict between the government and rebels.

Speaker of parliament Manasse Magok Rundial said that the deal was unanimously ratified in parliament.

The agreement that was brokered by the East African bloc Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) was signed by rebel leader Riek Machar on August 18.

President Salva Kiir had hesitated to sign it, but he finally did so on August 28.

A lot of doubt however still persists on whether the deal will be implemented and respected by both factions.

The government has already said it has some reservations about the deal which will foresee a transnational power sharing and security arrangement.

The violence in South Sudan erupted in December 2013 when a power struggle ensued between Salva Kiir and Riek Machar.

It has so far led to deaths of tens of thousands and displaced more than 2.2 million people.