South Sudan

Second ceasefire agreed


President Salva Kiir and rebel leader and former Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar have agreed to a ceasefire reports the South Sudan News Agency. The agency said that the deal was reached in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa and requires both sides to cease fighting within 24 hours.

The two sides agreed a similar ceasefire agreement in January but it failed to come into effect. However the new deal may work because of increased international pressure and the threat of sanctions.

The two sides have agreed to establish an interim government prior to holding elections in 2015.

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