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ADDIS ABABA - 15 Feb 2018

IGAD chairperson resigns as South Sudan peace talks ongoing in Addis Ababa

The Chairman of the IGAD and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned as the South Sudanese peace talks enter second week in Addis Ababa.

An East African bloc, IGAD, has been facilitating the South Sudanese peace process in an attempt to bring about peace in the world’s youngest nation.

Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned today in an effort to end years of unrest and political upheaval in his country, BBC reported.

In a televised address, he said his resignation was "vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy".

Hailemariam, who has led the country since 2012, also stepped down as chairman of the ruling coalition.