South Sudan rival leaders agree to 100-day delay to form unity government

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South sudan's ex-vice president and former rebel leader Riek Machar (L) meets with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir at the presidential office in Juba, on October 19, 2019. - The 2018 peace agreement that has been delayed by disputes sets November 2019 as the deadline to form a power-sharing government in South Sudan. (Photo by Alex McBride / AFP) (Photo by ALEX MCBRIDE/AFP via Getty Images)
President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir (R) shakes hands with arch-rival South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar (L) during peace talks at Uganda’s statehouse in Entebbe where they were received by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. (Photo by SUMY SADURNI / AFP) 

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday chaired the Tripartite Summit which focused on the Revitalized Agreement seeking to resolve South Sudan conflict.

Present at the summit was South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar who after holding candid discussions came to an agreement to extend the pre-transitional period for 100 days with progress reviewed after 50 days.

President Museveni is quoted in a tweet saying “a mechanism will also be established for Guarantors and Parties to supervise implementation of talks.”

He continued to say, “We ask IGAD countries to address the status of Dr. Machar and also urge the international community to continue supporting this revitalized peace process.”

According to a regional officer, President Kiir and Machar had failed to resolve outstanding disagreements prior to agreeing to extend the pre-transitonal deadline to form a power-sharing government.

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