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Vol 56 No 2

Published 23rd January 2015


South Sudan

Long tunnel, glimmer of light

A step has been taken to end the fighting and towards a lasting political agreement. Weak oil prices put more pressure on the government

A tentative step forward has been made with a political reunification deal signed in Arusha on 21 January between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his sacked Deputy Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, whose forces have been at war since December 2013, and Deng Alor Kuol for the former detainees. Presiding over the ceremony were Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete and Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta, two regional leaders seen as having stronger links with Riek than their regional counterparts, such a Uganda's Yoweri Museveni.

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