KHARTOUM, (Xinhua) --
South Sudan’s conflicting parties on Wednesday
signed an agreement on power-sharing and governance in Sudan’s
The agreement, read
out by Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, said
Salva Kiir will continue to serve as President of Sudan during
the transitional period, while the opposition leader Riek Machar
will assume the position of First Vice President.
There will be four
vice presidents from different political parties as stated in
It also stipulated
that the transitional cabinet would be composed of 35 ministers
from both the government and the opposition, including 20
ministers from the government, and nine from the Machar-led
Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO).
The deal further
stipulated a transitional national legislative body composed of
550 members, with 332 from the government, and 128 from the SPLM-IO.
boundaries and the number of states of South Sudan, it is agreed
that an Independent Boundaries Commission will be established to
address the issue.
According to the
agreement, the commission will work for three months in an
attempt to resolve the issue, and if it fails, a referendum will
be held before the end of the third month.
Still, Ahmed said
the parties disagree on the power-sharing at the level of local
governments, but they are determined to solve the issue before
the final signing of the document on Aug. 5.
On June 27, the
South Sudanese conflicting parties signed a comprehensive
cease-fire deal in Khartoum.
South Sudan has been
witnessing a civil war since December 2013, which has left about
10,000 dead and millions of others displaced.