South Sudan rebel chief orders ceasefire: Spokesman

AFP , Saturday 29 Aug 2015

In this Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 file photo, South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar, 2nd left, looks across after shaking hands with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, center-right wearing a black hat, after lengthy peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Photo:AP)

South Sudan's former vice president Riek Machar ordered his rebel troops to lay down their arms in line with a ceasefire to end the 20-month civil war, his spokesman said Saturday.

His rival, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, had on Thursday ordered all government troops to cease fighting rebel forces as part of the peace agreement.

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