Riek Machar in Juba a sign of peace?

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South Sudan’s top political leadership is optimistic that the latest peace agreement will hold.

However, citizens are only holding on to hope that the leaders mean what they said at a celebration of the agreement in Juba on October 31.

Experts in South Sudan politics say the presence of main opposition leader Riek Machar at the celebration is a sign that the leadership may be serious about implementing the agreement signed in Addis Ababa on September 12.

“Some people still have doubts, but for Dr Machar to have gone to Juba without any incident after being literally chased out of town in July 2016, is a very good sign. South Sudanese are now waiting to see whether they will match their words with action,” said Jervasio Okot, a South Sudan political analyst…

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