Power-hungry Salva Kiir fashions army in his own image

South-sudanese president Salva Kiir.
South-sudanese president Salva Kiir. © Andreea Campeanu/Reuters
Planned since 2018 as part of a peace agreement between the South Sudanese president and his arch-rival and vice president Riek Machar, the unification of the militias has never taken place. This is no surprise given that the army is the backbone of Salva Kiir's power. Instead, he has relied on a series of defections from rival camps to bolster his position. [...] (1213 words)
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