South Sudan parties agree to form interim govt by 12 November

South Sudan descended into war in 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy and fellow former rebel leader Riek Machar of plotting a coup.

FILE: South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (R) and his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar shake hands as they agree to a peace deal at the 33rd Extraordinary Summit of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, on 12 September 2018. Picture: AFP.

JUBA - South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to form a transitional government by the middle of November, the country’s information minister said on Wednesday.

“The parties discussed minor issues and the principals agreed to establish a transitional government by 12th November,” Michael Makuei Lueth, the information minister, told reporters.