President Salva Kiir and opposition leader — Riek Machar — have finally agreed to form a unity government by the Saturday deadline. This puts to rest questions on whether the deadline would be pushed back yet again. The previous deadline of November 12, 2019 had been postponed after the two parties failed to agree on various issues. Recently, President Kiir and Machar have been at odds over the number of states and their boundaries. President Kiir offered to reduce the provinces from the current 32 to ten as was before. However, Machar’s side rejected it. But it seems like these issues have been ironed out. Announcing the expected formation of the new government, president Kiir said the appointment of Machar as the first vice president. — would be done on Friday. Machar’s allies will also be appointed to various positions on the same day. The swearing in of the leaders will be done on Saturday.
For more on that story, we are now joined by CGTN’s Patrick Oyet in Juba and in our Studio we have Dr Hassan Khannenje, who is the Director at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Kenya
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