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S.Sudan's Kiir vows power sharing deal with rival will hold

S.Sudan's Kiir vows power sharing deal with rival will hold

In his speech at the signing ceremony, the Kenyan President Kenyatta praised the efforts done by President Omer al-Bashir to achieve the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 21005 and now to facilitate and mediate talks to end the almost five-year conflict in South Sudan.

The deal says that Kiir will head the government during the transitional period and Machar will return as First Vice President.

South Sudan has been witnessing a civil war since December 2013, which has left about 10,000 dead and millions of others displaced.

South Sudan's conflicting parties will sign a final deal Sunday on power-sharing and governance in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Sudan's Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed announced Saturday.

"The 2016 conflict was forced on us, this is why when we signed the agreement I signed with 26 reservations and the agreement collapsed before us".

The peace agreement focuses on governance and security between the warring parties.

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The war erupted following a power wrangle between President Kiir and his former deputy Dr Machar.

President Kiir also said the remaining outstanding issues will be finalized with his rivals as soon as he arrives in Khartoum.

The conflict has been fuelled by divisions between the Mr Kiir's Dinka and Mr Machar's Nuer ethnic groups.

Some smaller opposition groups have expressed doubts over the new deal.

It also stipulated that the transitional cabinet would be composed of 35 ministers from both the government and the opposition, including 20 ministers from the government, and nine from the Machar-led Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO).

"I am going to sign", Kiir told journalists. I believe that this agreement will continue to be implemented within the spirit and letter.