South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir refuses to sign final peace deal

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has refused to sign a final peace deal following talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, aimed at ending the country’s civil war.

The secretary-general of South Sudan’s ruling party, Pagan Amum and rebel chief Riek Machar, signed a draft agreement committing them to peace, but the government said it needed 15 more days to finalise a deal.

Chief mediator for the African regional trade group, Seyoum Mesfin said Kiir’s side required two weeks before signing the peace deal that was accepted by the South Sudanese rebels.

Numerous rounds of negotiations have failed to end hostilities that have killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than two million, with both sides engaged in a war of attrition despite signing ceasefire deals.

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