South Sudan's President Salva Kiir delivers a speech during the launch of the National Dialogue committee in Juba, South Sudan May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Jok Solomun
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The president of war-ravaged South Sudan declared a unilateral cease-fire Monday and promised to release political prisoners, but with no sign of a political deal with rebels it was not clear whether a truce would take hold.South Sudan has been mired in a civil war since 2013, when President Salva Kiir fired his deputy, Riek Machar. Kiir has declared cease-fires before and he has yet to release any political prisoners, said Alan Boswell, a South Sudan expert who authored a paper for the Small Arms Survey on the most recent failed peace deal in 2016 .
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