Juba — President Salva Kiir granted a general amnesty to rebels in South Sudan’s civil war including his former deputy Riek Machar, as a rights organisation said the authorities in Africa’s youngest country should also free its unarmed critics. The amnesty order was read out on state-run television late on Wednesday, three days after Kiir, SPLM-IO leader Machar and the heads of other groups signed a ceasefire and power-sharing agreement in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. A political row between Kiir and Machar degenerated in 2013 into a civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people, forced a quarter of the population to flee their homes and wrecked the country’s oil-dependent economy. The conflict has often been fought along ethnic lines. Previous deals to end it have failed, including one in 2015 that briefly halted hostilities but fell apart after Machar returned to the capital, Juba, the following year. SPLM-IO is the largest of the rebel groups fighting Kiir’s government,...

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