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South Sudan lifts state of emergency in north - state radio

FILE PHOTO: South Sudan's president Salva Kiir attends a medals awarding ceremony for long serving servicemen of the South Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in the Bilpam, military headquarters in Juba, South Sudan January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Samir Bol/File Photo

JUBA (Reuters) - President Salva Kiir has lifted a state of emergency in northern parts of South Sudan, state radio reported on Friday, part of efforts to help end civil conflict.

South Sudan Radio reported that Kiir had lifted the state of emergency imposed in 2017 in the states of Tonj, Wau, Aweil East, Gogrial and Western Lakes.

Reporting by Denis Dumo; Writing by Omar Mohammed; Editing by Kevin Liffey