After the two South Sudan rivals were advised to drop practicing sectarian politics, President Salva Kiir has decided to pardon his nemesis Riek Machar.
However, Kiir directed the army to remain vigilant to defend the country and to repel any aggression in self-defence.
In accordance with the Republican Order Number 14/2018 the President granted a “general amnesty to the leader of SPLM-IO Dr Riek Machar Teny and other estranged groups who waged war against the Government of the Republic of South Sudan from 2013 to date.”
President Kiir was strongly opposed to Machar participation in the 30-month transitional period but under regional pressure, he accepted to appoint him as First Vice-President.
The negotiating teams of the South Sudanese parties resumed talks on the modalities of implementation of the peace agreement. After what, a final peace agreement will be signed in Khartoum.