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    South Sudan Opposition Forces Head to Juba for Transitional Government

    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.
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    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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    by: karagounise
    February 25, 2016 9:21 PM
    Peace , peace , peace , unity and forgiveness , tribalism will not develop the country, please value your citizen and make them proud of their own county

    by: Marum Ruon Wicjoat
    February 24, 2016 8:36 AM
    Opposition is and will always be for Peace. South Sudan needs leaders like Dr Machar
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    by: Madina from: Kampala
    February 25, 2016 3:41 AM
    If only the opposition leaders could know that foreign non African States/Countries don't wish AFRICA UNITED,,, then they would be willing to surrender and talk peace. Other wise,,, you''re making us Africans a prey to other parts of the world. Blessed are the peace makers.

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