Armed op­po­si­tion names re­place­ment for vice pres­i­dent

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

A se­nior fac­tion of South Su­dan’s armed op­po­si­tion has moved to re­place its leader, First Vice Pres­i­dent Riek Machar, who went into hid­ing this month for fear of be­ing killed by sup­port­ers of his long­time ri­val, Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir.

The push to re­place Machar sur­faced af­ter he failed to heed a 48-hour ul­ti­ma­tum from the pres­i­dent to re­turn to the cap­i­tal, Juba.

Kiir de­manded the vice pres­i­dent’s re­turn, in his words, to “con­tinue build­ing and pro­mot­ing peace” in the af­ter­math of fight­ing this month be­tween Kiir loy­al­ists and troops back­ing Machar.

Com­bat in Juba be­tween the ri­val mili­tias killed at least 300 peo­ple and wounded hun­dreds of oth­ers July 8-11.

A rebel spokesman said that se­nior op­po­si­tion fight­ers were shift­ing their al­le­giance to an­other govern­ment of­fi­cial, Min­ing Min­is­ter Ta­ban Deng Gai. He said Deng would act as first vice pres­i­dent un­til Machar’s re­turn.

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