South Sudan parliament votes to extend president's term until 2021

South Sudan parliament votes to extend president's term until 2021

South Sudan's parliament voted on Thursday to extend President Salva Kiir's term in office until 2021, its speaker said, undermining peace talks with opposition groups who have in the past condemned the move as illegal.

FILE PHOTO: South Sudan President Salva Kiir attends talks in Khartoum on an end to his country&apo
FILE PHOTO: South Sudan President Salva Kiir attends talks in Khartoum on an end to his country's civil war, June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

JUBA: South Sudan's parliament voted on Thursday to extend President Salva Kiir's term in office until 2021, its speaker said, undermining peace talks with opposition groups who have in the past condemned the move as illegal.

"Now the speaker hereby declares that the transitional constitution amendment ... is hereby passed by National Legislature," Edward Lino Makana said during a parliament sitting in the capital Juba.

(Reporting by Denis Dumo; Editing by George Obulutsa and Maggie Fick)

Source: Reuters

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