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Sudan, Darfur rebel group reach landmark deal

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir and the country’s main rebel group have signed a truce and power-sharing deal that may lay the foundation for peace in Darfur.

President al-Bashir and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), a major rebel group in Darfur, reached a landmark agreement on Tuesday.

The deal has been brokered by neighboring Chad and signed in Qatar’s capital, Doha.

JEM is expected to set up a political party after the signing of a final agreement.

The UN says 300,000 people have been killed and more than 2 million others displaced in the seven-year violence in Darfur.

The Sudanese government rejects the UN claims and puts the figures at closer to 19-thousand dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

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