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South Sudan president Kiir grants amnesty to rebel leader Machar, others


JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has given an amnesty to all those involved in the nation’s civil war, including rebel leader Riek Machar, state-run television said, days after the signing of a peace deal.

FILE PHOTO: South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar (L) and South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir sign a cease fire and power sharing agreement in Khartoum, Sudan August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

“Republican order number 14 for the year 2018 for the grant of general amnesty to the leader of SPLM-IO … Riek Machar Teny and other estranged groups who waged war against the Government of the Republic of South Sudan from 2013 to date,” Kiir’s order, read on state-run television late on Wednesday, stated.

Reporting by Denis Dumo; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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