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Vol 60 No 1

Published 11th January 2019

South Sudan

Peace maybe, prosperity no

Old adversaries finally appear ready to make a go of peace but the international community is reluctant to foot the bill

If everything goes to plan and on schedule, South Sudan should finally turn the corner in 2019 and take its rightful place among the community of African states that have recovered from the traumas of independence struggles and civil war. The optimism is palpable as most of the former adversaries finally agree to put their differences aside and once again attempt to work together, ready to let bygones be bygones in preparation for the establishment of a Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity. It should usher in a new era of inclusivity and democratic rule in May after an eight-month interim period intended to overcome the obstacles that proved insoluble during the regionally brokered peace talks.

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