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KHARTOUM - 29 Jun 2018

Machar declares permanent ceasefire

Photo: opposition leader Riek Machar
Photo: opposition leader Riek Machar

South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar on Thursday declared a permanent ceasefire with the government, raising hopes for peace in the country.

Machar and Kiir in Khartoum on Wednesday agreed to a permanent ceasefire to take effect within 72 hours.

According to the order, Machar declared a permanent ceasefire across South Sudan with effect from June 30.

The opposition leader ordered his forces to strictly observe the declared permanent ceasefire across the country.

President Kiir also declared a permanent ceasefire on Thursday night.