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South Sudan president dissolves parliament as part of peace accord

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, to pave the way for the appointment of lawmakers from former warring parties.

The move according to the President’s spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny was in line with a peace deal signed to end a civil war that began in 2013, Reuters reported.

He said the new body would be formed in “a matter of time, not too long”.

According to the deal that ended the civil war, parliament must be expanded from 400 members to 550 and must include members from all parties to the peace accord.

South Sudan won independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of civil war.

Violence erupted in late 2013 after Kiir, from the Dinka ethnic group, sacked vice president Riek Machar, a Nuer.

The two men have signed many deals to end a war estimated to have killed more than 400,000 people.

Despite the peace deal, violence is still raging in parts of the country, according to a United Nations reports.

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