South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has dismissed calls by the country ‘opposition to step down.
Kiir refused to heed the demand to resign saying there is no logic in signing a peace agreement with the opponents and then resign as president.
According to Kiir, the conditions put forward by 10 opposition groups during talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, last month were unreasonable, especially their demand for his resignation.
He downplayed that he is the obstacle to peace being sought in the world’s youngest nation.
Crisis in South Sudan first erupted in 2013, just two years after the independence of the country from Sudan. The conflict has left of thousands killed in rounds of fighting between forces loyal to Kiir and those supporting his former vice president, Riek Machar, who is now under house arrest in South Africa.