Lawmakers in South Sudan vote to extend president's term by 3 years amid violent rebellion

March 24, 2015 3:13 PM

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JUBA, South Sudan – Lawmakers in South Sudan on Tuesday voted to extend the tenure of President Salva Kiir by three years, a move the government had was necessary for stability amid an ongoing rebellion led by a former deputy president.

The proposal to extend Kiir's term, which was set to expire in July, was endorsed in February by Kiir's Cabinet before being forwarded to parliament for approval.

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