South Sudan Leaders Agree (Again) to Form Unity Govt

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to form a transitional unity government by a February 2020 deadline even if they don't resolve key political disputes by that time. The two leaders, who signed a peace deal in September 2018 under heavy pressure from the UN, the U.S. and regional bloc IGAD, have previously missed two deadlines to form the government. On Christmas Day, Pope Francis joined two other religious leaders calling on South Sudan's leaders to implement the peace accord.

President Salva Kiir, right, of South Sudan shakes hands with Riek Machar after concluding a peace deal to end the conflict in the country in September 2018.

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