South Sudan: Political Prisoners get freedom in line with peace deal

South Sudan’s government on Thursday released five political prisoners, in accordance with the terms of the revitalised peace agreement signed last month.

South Sudan plunged into war two years after independence from Sudan in 2011 when a dispute between Kiir and then vice-president Riek Machar erupted into armed confrontation.



More than 50,000 people have been killed in the violence, and more than two million have been forced to flee their homes.

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On Thursday in Juba, a National Security official who did not give his name told reporters that the release of the prisoners was in line with the peace deal signed in September in the Ethiopian capital.

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However, according to a reporters, the five men who were freed did not appear to be among the senior members of the main rebel faction led by Riek Machar, formerly the vice president of South Sudan.

Under the peace deal signed by the government and several rebel factions, senior officials of those factions, political detainees and prisoners of war should be released.

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