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South Sudan Opposition Forces Head to Juba for Transitional Government

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FILE - South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar. Despite the moves toward solidarity, fighting continues in parts of South Sudan.

FILE - South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar. Despite the moves toward solidarity, fighting continues in parts of South Sudan.

Opposing groups in the South Sudan peace process have agreed on an arrangement to allow 1,370 opposition forces into the capital, Juba, in preparation for rebel leader Riek Machar to join a transitional government.

South Sudan's Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission said in a statement Tuesday that police and military officers loyal to the opposition are expected to travel to Juba immediately.

More security forces are expected to join them after the power-sharing transitional government is formed.

FILE - Rebel soldiers are seen protecting civilians from the Nuer ethnic group as they walk through flooded areas to reach a makeshift U.N. camp for the displaced in the town of Bentiu, South Sudan, Sept. 20, 2014. After two years of civil war, rebel leader Machar and South Sudan President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal in August 2015.

FILE - Rebel soldiers are seen protecting civilians from the Nuer ethnic group as they walk through flooded areas to reach a makeshift U.N. camp for the displaced in the town of Bentiu, South Sudan, Sept. 20, 2014. After two years of civil war, rebel leader Machar and South Sudan President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal in August 2015.

After two years of civil war, rebel leader Machar and South Sudan President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal in August, agreeing to run a unity government for 30 months before holding elections. Kiir appointed Machar as his vice president last week, in the first step toward forming the unity government.

Despite the moves toward solidarity, fighting continues in parts of South Sudan. Over the past two years, tens of thousands of people have died and more than two million have been displaced because of the violence.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is due in Juba on Thursday to meet with Kiir and visit a UN shelter for civilians affected by the conflict.

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