South Sudan parliament ratifies peace deal

Juba (dpa) - South Sudan's parliament on Thursday ratified a peace agreement aimed at ending a 20-month conflict between the government and rebels, though doubts persisted about its implementation.

The deal was ratified unanimously, speaker of parliament Manasse Magok Rundial said.

The agreement, brokered by the east African bloc Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), was signed by rebel leader Riek Machar on August 18. President Salva Kiir hesitated to sign it, but finally did so on August 28.

The government has said it still has "reservations" about the deal, which foresees a transitional power-sharing and security arrangement.

A power struggle between Kiir and Machar turned violent mid-December 2013. The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced more than 2.2 million people.

Fighting has been reported even after the agreement was signed.