S SUDAN: Rival Factions Sign Re-unification Agreement

ARUSHA, JANUARY 23, 2015 (CISA)-The three factions of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have signed an agreement to re-unifying the party.

The deal was signed at Ngurdoto Hotel in Arusha, Tanzanian on Wednesday January 21 by President Salva Kiir, rebel leader Riek Machar, representatives of former SPLM detainees and former cabinet minister Deng Alor in the presence of Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.

The accord addresses the root causes of the intra-party conflict, which plunged the country into crisis on December 15 2013.

Other regional leaders who witnessed the signing including Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The accord, dubbed “Agreement on the Reunification of the SPLM,” serves as a roadmap towards ending the violent conflict that has killed thousands of people and displaced millions from their homes when political debates on reforms within the ruling party turned violent.

The agreement was signed during the SPLM Intra-Party Dialogue Summit and puts the world newest nation back on the path of peace and development.

The unity deal was mediated by the Tanzania’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), under President Kikwete’s chairmanship and has also received political support from other regional leaders.

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