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S.Sudan government formation delayed as rebels reject new states

South Sudanese SPLA soldiers patrol in Pageri, Eastern Equatoria stateWarring rivals in South Sudan missed a key deadline Saturday to forge a unity government, with rebels rejecting President Salva Kiir’s creation of new regional states as fighting continues. The rivals were supposed to form a government by January 22, but rebels say Kiir’s nearly tripling of the number of regional states in December undermines a fundamental pillar of an August power-sharing deal to end two years of civil war. Rebel spokesman Mabior Garang criticised “anti-peace hardliners within the government” and said they would base negotiations on the old system of 10 states and not the current 28.

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