South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (R) is seen with South Sudan's exiled rebel leader Riek Machar in Juba, capital of South Sudan, Sept. 9, 2019. Riek Machar arrived in Juba on Monday for face-to-face talks with President Salva Kiir. President Kiir and Machar are expected to discuss and reevaluate progress and challenges facing the revitalized peace deal they signed in September 2018 in Ethiopia to end more than five years of conflict. (Xinhua Denis Elamu)
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (R) is seen with South Sudan's exiled rebel leader Riek Machar in Juba, capital of South Sudan, Sept. 9, 2019. Riek Machar arrived in Juba on Monday for face-to-face talks with President Salva Kiir. President Kiir and Machar are expected to discuss and reevaluate progress and challenges facing the revitalized peace deal they signed in September 2018 in Ethiopia to end more than five years of conflict. (Xinhua Denis Elamu)

South Sudan lawmakers lauded the mediation role played by the international community during the more than the six-year-old conflict that has given birth to the formation of a unity government on Saturday.

Philip Thon Leek Deng, a member of South Sudan’s national transitional assembly, said although pressure from the international community has been somehow heavy on government sanctioning almost President Kiir’s senior officials, nevertheless, their role has been very positive.

“The international organization’s role has been very positive to bring President Salva Kiir and Riek to swallow their pride and so that they can agree to establish the long-awaited unity government deemed to take the nation ahead,” Leek told Xinhua in Juba.

Atem Garang de Kuek, another lawmaker and a former government chief whip, shared Leek’s sentiment and said the world has contributed toward making sure the young republic get needed stability.

The lawmakers agreed that the conflict, that has torn the east African young nation, was a power struggle between Kiir and Machar which dated back to 2005 before the independence.

“What has been going on is a power struggle between Kiir and Machar since 2005 while they ran the government of the then Southern Sudan until it reached the climax after independence in 2013 that resulted in Machar being fired and he eventually took arms,” said Leek.

South Sudan became independent in July 2011, through a 2005 peace agreement with Khartoum to end civil war. Enditem

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