Kiir, Machar differ on signing of deal

Signing the Cessation of Hostilities treaty over the war in South Sudan on May 9, 2014 in Addis Ababa. President Salva Kiir says he and rebel leader Riek Machar were forced to sign the deal but DR Machar has denied the claims saying hey signed of their own free will. PHOTO | ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER

What you need to know:

  • President Salva Kiir says he and rebel leader Riek Machar were forced to sign the deal on Friday by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn who threatened to arrest them.
  • Mr Kiir made the revelation at the Juba International Airport soon after his arrival on Sunday.
  • Dr Machar, on the other hand, denied the claims and said they signed of their own free will.
  • Dr Machar had been opposed to the formation of a transitional government, saying, it would be useless without a programme of action and a new Constitution.

JUBA, Monday

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