South Sudan’s ‘Lukewarm Response’ to Peace Efforts Draws the Ire of Diplomats

Former South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar, left, and President Salva Kiir after the first meeting of a transitional government, Juba, South Sudan, April 29, 2016 (AP photo by Jason Patinkin).
Former South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar, left, and President Salva Kiir after the first meeting of a transitional government, Juba, South Sudan, April 29, 2016 (AP photo by Jason Patinkin).
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Editor’s Note: Every Friday, WPR Associate Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. “I did not do anything that can make me regret.” That was South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, defending his leadership of the world’s youngest nation in a rare interview with The Washington Post published over the weekend. Most people, though, would dispute Kiir’s claim that he has not been a main driver of the country’s civil war, which began in 2013 with fighting between factions loyal to Kiir and the former vice president, Riek Machar. Kiir’s soldiers have been […]

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