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Vol 65 No 9

Published 25th April 2024

South Sudan

Polls fail to brighten outlook

The world's newest state still awaits its first post-independence elections – now scheduled for December – which are supposed to end almost a decade of civil war. But prerequisites for a credible poll, as stipulated by the 2018 South Sudan peace deal, have yet to be fully implemented. These include holding the first credible census since 1983, agreement on a permanent constitution, settling refugees and internally displaced people, addressing transitional justice, and deployment of the Necessary Unified Forces to replace both government and opposition armies. This has resulted in international scepticism and refusal to participate by opposition leader and First Vice-President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon and other key players.

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