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South Sudan's Kiir grants rebel leader Machar, others amnesty

South Sudan President Salva Kiir offered amnesty to all those involved in the nation's bloody five-year civil war as part of a recent agreement to end the fighting.

Rebel leader Riek Machar was among those granted a pardon by Kiir.

Those who "waged war against in the government" were granted a general amnesty, Kiir stated late Wednesday.

The president also reiterated a call for his forces to observe a ceasefire agreed in June by both the government and Machar's rebels.

The decision came days after the warring parties struck a power-sharing agreement to end the civil war, which has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

The deal gives the parties eight months to form a transitional government. The agreement was one of many signed over the past few years that have failed.

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