- Rebel leader Machar calls for talks on deal contravention
- Machar speaks as president dissolves ruling party leadership
South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s move to dissolve the ruling party’s leadership and expand the number of regional administrations risks derailing a power-sharing deal aimed at ending almost two years of conflict, rebel leader Riek Machar said.
African mediators need to meet both parties to discuss issues blocking the peace deal signed in August, according to Machar, who previously served in Kiir’s administration and is set to return to government under the accord. The August accord was brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, a bloc of East African nations.
“Up to now, it’s a serious violation that is derailing the peace process,” Machar said in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, referring to the increase in administrative regions to 28 from 10 announced earlier this month. Kiir, head of the ruling Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement, removed top party officials on Oct. 16.
South Sudan’s army and ruling party fractured in Dec. 2013 after top party officials including Machar challenged Kiir’s leadership. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and led to 2 million leaving their homes, according to the United Nations.