In a bid to accelerate South Sudan’s peace process, the country’s leader President Salva Kiir named a new cabinet, of the long awaited unity government, days after the arrival of rebel leader Riek Machar in Juba.
The 30-member cabinet includes former rebels and members of the opposition charged with the responsibility of administering the young nation for the next two and a half years, pending elections.
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The appointments come a day after Riek Machar was sworn-in as Vice President, eight months after a peace agreement was signed between rival parties in August 2015 to end 21 months of civil war.
These include the government led by President Kiir, the armed opposition faction led by Vice President Riek Machar and other political parties in the country.
Although President Kiir’s faction will continue to dominate the cabinet, Machar on the other hand will have not only the majority of the opposition members in the cabinet, but also the majority in the opposition membership in the national parliament.