An internally displaced girl prepares to collect water in the Sudd Swamp near the town of Nyal. News of the deal has filtered down to people in rural areas. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
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South Sudan's government claims a shattering five-year civil war is finally over, but skepticism soars.Machar's side won't sign a final agreement that doesn't ensure "accountability and justice and free and fair elections" at the end of the three-year transition period, Chairman Mabior Garang de Mabior told the AP.South Sudan's government acknowledges that some issues remain but says the current deal is genuine.The civil war in the world's youngest nation has killed tens of thousands of people and sent over 2 million fleeing since the fighting erupted between supporters of Kiir and then-deputy Machar in December 2013, two years after the country won independence from Sudan.As part of the new peace agreement, Machar will return as one of five vice presidents. Government and opposition forces will merge into one national army. Machar is expected to return within eight months, but opposition chairman Mabior said that will happen only with signs the agreement is being carried out.
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