South Sudan to hold elections
02 January 2015, 08:21
Addis Ababa - A South Sudanese government spokesperson
says the country will hold general elections in coming months.
Ateny Wek Ateny said late on Wednesday the country will
hold elections between May and July.
In May last year South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said
the next general election that was originally scheduled to be held in 2015 will
be pushed back to 2017 due to continued instability and violence in the
Fighting broke out in the oil-rich country about a year
ago, pitting Kiir's supporters against former Vice President Reik Machar's
followers. Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, accused Machar, an ethnic Nuer, of trying to
oust him in a coup.
Tens of thousands of people have died and 1.9 million
more have been displaced by warfare in the young nation, the UN says.