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South Sudan Leader Rejects Calls to Resign as Part of Peace Deal

  • Kiir decries ‘very unreasonable conditions’ made by opposition
  • Four-year civil war has caused refugee crisis, mass hunger
Salva Kiir

Salva Kiir

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir rejected calls from some opposition groups to resign as part of a deal to end the four-year civil war in the oil-producing African nation.

“They want me to sign the agreement and then step down immediately,” Kiir said Tuesday in the capital, Juba, at a gathering to mourn army chief James Ajongo, who died last week after a short illness. “What is my incentive in bringing peace if it is peace that I will bring and then I step aside? Nobody can do it.”