Machar agrees to rejoin South Sudan government

Machar agrees to rejoin South Sudan government

"We thus join you on this day to mark the beginning of a journey of healing and of national unity; a journey of sustained peace and development; and a journey of building a truly united and democratic South Sudan". Machar looked dapper in a suit and red tie as he stood next to his wife Angelina Teny and took the oath of office in front of Kiir.

Adiang said that the two countries were putting pressure on the opposition from both sides in order to push for finalizing the peace process in the two nations.

"I want to assure you (the people of South Sudan) that we will work collectively to end your long suffering", Machar said at the ceremony.

Machar was sacked as vice-president in 2013 and later accused of plotting a coup against Kiir, kickstarting a civil war characterised by violence, rape and United Nations warnings of ethnic cleansing.

Both Kiir and Machar are former rebel leaders who rose to power during Sudan's 1983-2005 civil war between north and south - a conflict in which they also fought each other - before South Sudan won freedom in 2011. It was only on Thursday that the two men announced that they would formally proceed with the arrangement after reaching a few final compromises.

"I and the president (sic) agreed on the time frame of implementing the other outstanding issues in the [deal]".

The unresolved issues in the peace process include security reforms involved in unifying government and opposition forces, training and redeployment.

Three other vice presidents ranking below Machar were also sworn in at Saturday's ceremony.

Kiir on Friday dissolved his government ahead of the formation of the new government on Saturday.

Machar on Saturday hailed the strengthening of the South Sudanese pound on the back of the formation of the unity government from 320 to 220 pounds to the dollar, saying "this is the dividend of peace".

However, analysts said that forming a government is only one step toward solidifying peace.

However, several challenges remain unaddressed.

Margret Agostino, a Southern Sudanese student at Nairobi University, told MEE that the community of Southern Sudanese in Kenya were preparing to celebrate the peace deal.

"Years of conflict have bred deep distrust among South Sudan's politicians, heightening the potential for a return to civil war, " it said Friday.

The country is nearly exclusively dependent on oil revenues and there is very little investment in other sectors such as agriculture and infrastructure.

"Every citizen is expecting that this should be a serious government", he said. Output now stands at 180,000 barrels per day, down from a peak of 250,000 bpd before the outbreak of the conflict in 2013.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has named former rebel leader Riek Machar as the country's first vice president after the duo agreed to form a national unity government.

South Sudan will revert to the old structure of ten states.

The new government must quickly set out a human rights agenda, said a statement from Jehanne Henry, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

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