South Sudanese rebels refused on Tuesday to sign the latest draft of a peace deal with the Juba government that would end a years-long civil war, a setback after recent breakthroughs in talks.

President Salva Kiir and the leader of the main rebel group, Riek Machar, signed up to a ceasefire and power-sharing agreement earlier this month. An initial deal in June aimed to end fighting that first broke out in 2013.

But Machar and another rebel group refused to sign the latest draft of the agreement, saying that disputes over power sharing and a new constitution had been ignored in the draft.

“This is an unfortunate development that will not reflect well on the impartiality of the mediators and will throw doubt onto the whole process,” the rebels said in a statement.


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