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General James Ajongo Appointed As New Army Chief Of South Sudan

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Just one day after the sack of General Paul Malong from the designation of Army Chief, South Sudan President Salva Kiir appoints General James Ajongo as the next boss of army. Sworning in as the new Army Chief, Ajongo said he will try to implement the security arrangements that was stipulated in the 2015 peace agreement to end the years ...

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South Sudan Army Chief Paul Malong Sacked

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South Sudanese army chief Paul Malong has been fired after it was alleged he was involved in ethnic cleansing and war crimes, and many senior generals resigned. As of now it is not yet very clear whether Malong will be appointed to another position. President Salva Kiir has appointed General James Ajong as the new army chief. South Sudan is ...

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South Sudan Delays Peace Talk To End Conflict

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South Sudan has suspended the National Dialogue Steering Committee following very less percentage of members has yet reported for the duty. The committee members were appointed by President Salva Kiir and only 20 percent of them turned up in the war-ravaged country. The minimum strength required is fifty-plus. Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said, “It has been postponed until further ...

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Passenger Jet Crashes In South Sudan’s Wau Airport In Juba

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A passenger jet plane carrying forty passengers and five crew members onboard of South Supreme Airlines crashed at an airport of South Sudanese capital Juba on Monday while landing. At least 37 people have been injured and no death has been reported. Most of the injured were injured from a nearby hospital soon after first air and the rest are ...

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Somalia, South Sudan Most Corrupt In Africa: Transparency International

North Korea is declared as the most corrupt country in the world by Transparency International. Somalia and South Sudan follows at the second and third places. The research body has found Denmark to be the least corrupt country in the world followed by New Zealand and thereafter Finland. Surprisingly United Kingdom too is corrupt and is placed at the 10th ...

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South Sudan Fighters Encouraged To Rape As Form Of Wage

A new report by United Nations, backed by same from Amnesty International, writes the fighters in South Sudan have been encouraged to rape women in lieu of wages. UN has called South Sudan is having one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world. The report of Amnesty International writes government forces have deliberately suffocated to death dozens ...

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South Sudan peace talks postponed

A new round of peace talks between South Sudan’s government and rebels aimed at ending a nearly two-month-old conflict in the world’s youngest nation has been postponed, officials said Monday. The talks, which were due to commence in Ethiopia, are aimed at building on a shaky ceasefire agreement and bringing about a comprehensive and durable solution by addressing the root causes of the conflict. “The talks are not resuming today,” South Sudan government spokesman Michael Makuei told AFP, without providing an explanation for the delay. A government official from host country Ethiopia confirmed the postponement. Makuei said the talks will begin on Tuesday afternoon. “We are informed that his excellency the prime minister of Ethiopia wants to attend the opening session. We are told that it is tomorrow afternoon,” Makuei said. Peace delegates loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and supporters of rebel leader Riek Machar, a former vice-president, signed a ceasefire on January 23 although fighting has continued in the oil-rich but impoverished country, which won independence from Khartoum in 2011. The conflict, which started in the capital Juba in mid-December and spread rapidly to different parts of the country, has left thousands dead and displaced close to 900,000 others.The conflict has also had a tribal dimension, with the two largest ethnic communities, the Dinka, to which Kiir belongs, and Machar’s group the Nuer, both carrying out ethnic massacres. A rebel spokesman said on Monday that his delegation wanted the release of four out of 11 political figures presented as being close to Machar still in detention in South Sudan’s capital. “We are still demanding, the release of the remaining detainees,” rebel spokesman Yohanis Musa Pouk told AFP, adding that the rebels also wanted Kiir to step down until elections are held in 2015. “We should have an independent person leading the government until we go to the polls,” he said. Pouk also said he was not optimistic about the success of the negotiations “because we know that our government is not serious about the talks”. Eleven South Sudanese political figures were arrested in Juba when the fighting broke out there in mid-December. Seven of them were freed at the end of January and are set to take part in the new negotiations, according to IGAD, the regional grouping that is helping mediate the talks. The government side wants to try the four who are still detained, along with two other political figures including Machar himself who are on the run. The detainees had been a major obstacle to progress in the first round which led to the ceasefire agreement, and the fate of the four is set to come up again in the latest talks. The military situation in this vast country practically devoid of infrastructure remains unclear. During the two-week break in talks IGAD said its mediators briefed the heads of state of member countries, and that the first IGAD officials tasked with monitoring the implementation of the ceasefire were also deployed. Analysts warned against over-optimism on the talks. “The negotiations are a stopgap measure.

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