South Sudan’s rebels warned Tuesday that government risks a “return to war” by ordering an increase in regional states and undermining the power sharing clauses of a peace deal.


President Salva Kiir, on Friday ordered that the number of regional states be nearly tripled from the current 10 to 28, rendering the agreed power sharing formula redundant.


Spokesman for the rebel group, Mabior Garang said, “The objective of this unilateral decision is to arouse tribal sentiments in the people of South Sudan, so that there can be a return to war. It would effectively cause the collapse of the peace deal.”


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