South Sudan‘s rival leaders have once again missed a deadline to form a transitional unity government, raising new concerns for a fragile peace process in a country devastated by years of ruinous civil war.
President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar had agreed in September to establish a power-sharing government by Tuesday.
But in a meeting last week, mediated by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Sudan’s interim leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Kiir and Machar agreed to push back by 100 days the formation of the new administration.
The talks in Entebbe, Uganda, noted that “critical tasks” were still not completed, including issues related to security arrangements, governance and the integration of fighting forces.
It is the second time that an extension has been granted following the signing last year of the latest peace deal between warring sides amid pressure to end the years-long conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions of others…