South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir celebrating six years of independence apologised for his government’s mistakes, including the failure to pay public workers because of an ongoing economic crisis.
Concise News gathered that Kiir, who has been president of the world’s youngest nation since its independence also appealed to his countrymen to “embrace peace”.
“My fellow citizens, I want all of us to encourage our sons and daughters to embrace peace and maintain the peace,” Kiir said in a speech on Tuesday.
South Sudan slid into war in 2013 when Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup.
A peace deal was signed with the opposition in 2018, but the UN says violence in one region has since intensified.
Under the peace accord, a unity government will be set up to enable Machar to return from abroad, but the process has been hampered by quarrels.
Kiir, in a gesture to the opposition parties, thanked them “for their commitment to the peace agreement.”