On Feb 14 the cabinet of the civil-war-torn country canceled the presidential and legislative election set just days before for Jun 30, and extended President Salva Kiirs term in office for two years.
The new election date is Jul 9, 2017. The development threatens the search for a transitional power-sharing deal and promises to worsen the violent power struggle between Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar. The rivalry between the two men threatens to tear apart a nation that only became independent from Sudan in 2011. The fighting has reduced oil production, a source of vital income. The civil war rages along ethnic lines, with Kiirs Dinka people ranged against the Nuer people of the rebel leader Machar. Tens of thousands of people have died, and 2 million have been displaced, according to the United Nations.