Kiir, Machar agree to form transitional government

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• The two leaders have been holding their first face-to-face talks in months

President Salva Kiir (right) and Riek Machar (left) have been holding face-to-face talks.
President Salva Kiir (right) and Riek Machar (left) have been holding face-to-face talks.
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South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to form a transitional government.

The information minister on Wednesday said the new administration would be in place by mid-November.

The two leaders have been holding their first face-to-face talks in months in South Sudan's capital, Juba.

They signed a peace agreement last year to end a civil war in which hundreds of thousands died.

The government says it lacks the funds for a key part of the deal involving the integration of former rebels into the national army.