Agreement on South Sudan interim government


South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed to form a transitional government by mid-November, the country’s information minister said.

They signed a pact a year ago to end a civil war that killed hundreds of thousands, displaced a third of the population and wrecked the economy. Machar made a rare visit to Juba this week to meet Kiir.

“The parties discussed minor issues and the principals agreed to establish transitional government by 12 November,” Michael Makuei Lueth, the information minister, told reporters.

The roll-out of last year’s accord, which called for a unity government, was delayed because government said it does not have enough money to fund disarmament and integration of all armed factions.