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Khartoum: South Sudan government and rebels reach peace deal

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The South Sudan government reached a final peace deal and power sharing agreement with the country’s main rebel group on Sunday, said the foreign minister of neighboring Sudan, which has been helping to broker the agreement.

“Initially, an agreement on outstanding issues has been signed and this agreement expresses the commitment of all parties to a ceasefire,” Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed said on Sudan state television.

A power-sharing deal will end civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions in the world's youngest country.

President Salva Kiir and his bitter rival Riek Machar were in neighboring Sudan to sign the deal, under which the rebel leader is set to return to a unity government as the first of five vice presidents, an AFP correspondent reported.

With Reuters