South Sudan peace ceremony and South African Airways update

South Sudan rebel leader returns to Juba for peace ceremony

On Wednesday, South Sudan hosted a ceremony to mark the implementation of a new peace agreement between President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar signed earlier this year. The ceremony held in Juba, the country’s capital, saw Riek Machar return to the country for the first time since 2016. He fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016 after violence broke out in the capital. Speaking at the ceremony, Machar reaffirmed his commitment to peace and announced that the new agreement will lead to the creation of a federal government. As part of the peace process, President Salva Kiir announced the release of two political prisoners who had worked for opposition leader Riek Machar.

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