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South Sudan gov't Twitter feed: No vote next year

May 12, 2014
Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudan's government says that elections scheduled for next year will not take place and indicated they would instead be postponed two or three years.

The announcement came on the government's official Twitter feed. The government said it was postponing the vote in order to tackle the issue of reconciliation among its people.

South Sudan was plunged into massive violence in December when President Salva Kiir accused his former vice president, Riek Machar, of trying to oust him in a coup.

Ethnic-based violence has raged since. The two leaders met in Ethiopia on Friday and signed a peace deal. But violence again flared over the weekend, with both sides accusing the other of having broken the new accord.



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