South Sudan

Agriculture Minister resigns citing end of peace deal


South Sudan’s Minister of Agriculture, Lam Akol, has resigned his portfolio. In his resignation statement the minister who is also leader of the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) party said that the peace deal was finished.

The peace deal which had been brokered by international agencies including the United Nations was supposed to bring to an end a civil war which broke out in 2013 and ended last August killing anything up to 300,00 people and displacing nearly two million people. The minister said that the peace deal was supposed to bring together President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar. But after fighting broke out between supporters of the two men last month and Riek Machar went into hiding the president revoked the vice-presidency deal and the fighting has intensified.

Mr Akol said that if the peace deal had broken down then he had ‘no justification’ to continue in the government. President Kiir hasn’t commented.

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