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Vol 56 No 21

Published 23rd October 2015

South Sudan

New maps, no peace

With little progress on the transitional government, redrawing state boundaries looks like a luxury

The government’s decision to convert South Sudan’s ten states into 28 may entrench ethnic divisions and is extravagant for a bankrupt country. Although many South Sudanese welcome decentralisation, they fear it may bring more conflict and corruption. Those countries propping up the government with aid have greeted the move with exasperated astonishment. Even the cautious regional Inter-Governmental Authority on Development called it 'a violation' of the IGAD-mediated 26 August 'Compromise Peace Agreement' ending the 20-month civil war.

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