South Sudan President Salva Kiir signs peace deal with rebels

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has signed a peace deal with rebels more than a week after refusing to do so, at a ceremony in the capital Juba attended by African regional leaders.

Rebel leader Riek Machar signed the accord in the Ethiopian capital last week, but Kiir had said on the same day that his government needed more time to study the text, just as the United Nations Security Council said it was ready to take immediate action if Kiir did not sign the agreement.

The presidents of Kenya and Uganda, and the prime minister of Ethiopia, who all helped mediate the negotiations, were at the signing event yesterday.

South Sudan has been at war since December 2013, when a split within the security forces escalated into a violent rebellion led by Machar.

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