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South Sudan talks deadlocked over Machar’s powers

Talks to resolve the pending issues in the peace deal were deadlocked on Thursday as the parties bickered over powers and competencies of the first vice president, according to officials at the peace talks. “There are differences because the SPLM-IO insisted on maintaining the functions of the first vice president stipulated in the previous agreement, while the other parties are saying that the situation has changed and some of the functions of the first vice president have to be…

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