South Sudan leaders demand quick troop graduation

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President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar signed a peace deal in 2019
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and and First Vice-President Riek Machar have instructed government agencies to speed up the graduation of army recruits.

The two leaders discussed the unification of the troops who are undergoing training in various camps across the country.

The thousands of new recruits are mainly from the South Sudanese army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in Opposition led by Mr Machar and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance.

The revitalised peace agreement requires the screening and training of 83,000 unified forces to safeguard the peace deal.

The troops have been in training since 2019 and the process has faced challenges like some leaving the camps protesting against lack of food.

President Kiir and Mr Machar also discussed the implementation of the peace agreement.

The agreement ended six years of civil war in which about 400,000 people died and millions were displaced.

Source: BBC

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