Kiir wins international peace award after signing of Sudanese peace deal in Juba

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South Sudan president and leaders of Sudan during the initialing of the Sudanese peace deal in August

South Sudan president and leaders of Sudan during the initialing of the Sudanese peace deal

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has won an international peace prize from the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) after the Sudanese parties to the conflict signed the final peace agreement in Juba this afternoon.
The award is for the South Sudan head of state’s “tireless effort in bringing the Sudanese parties together.”

The ruling coalition government and a number of armed opposition groups this afternoon signed the long-awaited peace agreement, ending almost two decades of protracted civil conflict that has killed thousands of people in Darfur, Southern Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains.

However, two main opposition groups have not signed the agreement.

The SPLM-North of General Abdel Aziz Adam al-Hilu and the SLM of Abdel Wahid Nur have accused the ruling military of hijacking the 2019 revolution which resulted in teh toppling of long-time leader Omar al Bashir.

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