South Sudan's president orders ceasefire after heavy fighting in capital

"The situation is actually calm as from now. All of the commanders of the SPLA were ordered by the president ... on this declaration of ceasefire,"

South Sudan's president orders ceasefire after heavy fighting in capital

South Sudan's president ordered a ceasefire by his SPLA army on Monday and said he remained ready to work with his rival Vice President Riek Machar, after heavy fighting in the capital that has threatened to plunge the nation back into civil war.

"The situation is actually calm as from now. All of the commanders of the SPLA were ordered by the president ... on this declaration of ceasefire," presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters by telephone, adding that any member of Machar's SPLA-IO force who surrendered must be protected.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

APC postpones screening of Tinubu, Osinbajo, other presidential aspirants

APC postpones screening of Tinubu, Osinbajo, other presidential aspirants

PDP primaries: I will wait as long as it takes – Banky W

PDP primaries: I will wait as long as it takes – Banky W

Abductors reject N1m ransom offer; seize cleric, son in Ondo

Abductors reject N1m ransom offer; seize cleric, son in Ondo

PDP suspends primaries indefinitely in Imo

PDP suspends primaries indefinitely in Imo

Tinubu pledges to establish agro industrial processing zone in Yobe

Tinubu pledges to establish agro industrial processing zone in Yobe

PDP primaries: Reps Minority Leader Elumelu wins ticket

PDP primaries: Reps Minority Leader Elumelu wins ticket

NDLEA arrests ex-drug convict with 24 parcels of cocaine on arrival from Brazil

NDLEA arrests ex-drug convict with 24 parcels of cocaine on arrival from Brazil

We'll reconcile Tinubu, Osinbajo, other APC aspirants after primaries - Adamu

We'll reconcile Tinubu, Osinbajo, other APC aspirants after primaries - Adamu

Buhari returns from Abu Dhabi amidst Electoral Act confusion

Buhari returns from Abu Dhabi amidst Electoral Act confusion