South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Friday appointed rebel leader Riek Machar as vice president, after the two men finally agreed to form a long-delayed unity government — a crucial step towards ending six years of war.
A presidential decree included “the appointment of the vice presidents and the dissolution of all institutions at national and state levels,” Information Minister Michael Makuei told AFP.
But consensus has only been reached on three of the four others, including current first vice president Taban Deng Gai — a former Machar ally who defected.
James Wani Igga from Kiir’s ruling party, and Rebecca Nyandeng, a former minister and Kiir ally-turned-critic are the other named vice-presidents as part of the long-awaited unity government..
The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Saturday, Makuei said.