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South Sudan Rebels Urge President to Rescind New States Decree

An official with South Sudan’s rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar said South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s decree creating 28 new states violates the spirit of the August peace accord.  In his Christmas Eve decree, Kiir also appointed 28 new governors, all of them loyal to him. The president’s announcement came as rebel advance teams are in Juba to work with their government counterparts on modalities for the joint implementation of the August peace agreement....

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