South Sudan: Parties fail to form transitional government

| February 1, 2016

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The UN Secretary-General is urging African Union states to address South Sudan’s failure to meet a deadline to establish a transitional government.

Ban Ki-moon said that forming a transitional government is an “essential step” for a peace deal between South Sudan’s government and South Sudanese rebels.

The two sides are refusing to negotiate after President Salva Kiir issued a Christmas Eve decree dissolving the nation’s 10 states and creating 28 new ones.

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Photo: Displaced people walk at the United Nations base in the capital Juba, South Sudan. Credit: AP