The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit has signed a peace deal with rebels after he refused for over a week. The presidents of Uganda and Kenya who helped to make the negotiations were at the signing on Wednesday.
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The rebel leader, Reik Machar signed the accord in the Ethiopian capital last week, but the president said his government needed more time to study the text.
The UN Security council said it was ready to make immediate actions if Kiir agreed to sign on Wednesday. According to Al Jazeera's Ann Cavell, who was reporting from Juba said the move was very important and could change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who have been affected by the civil war.
''However, some of the top commanders have split from (rebel leader) Machar and they say the peace deal means nothing to them so...it means that it would not end the fighting'' she said.
The country has been at war since December 2013, when a split within the security forces escalated into a violent rebellion led by Machar.