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Riek Machar Replaced by Taban Deng as First Vice President After Fleeing Capital

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MOVING FORWARD? A faction of South Sudan’s armed opposition on Saturday said it had replaced its leader Riek Machar, who is also the country’s first vice president. The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the highest body established under the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) to monitor its full implementation, has criticized the process to replace Machar.

By Al Jazeera,

A faction of South Sudan’s opposition has temporarily replaced its leader Riek Machar, who is also the country’s first vice president, with mining minister Taban Deng Gai.

Machar fled the capital, Juba, last week after a new outbreak of violence threatened to send the young country back to all-out civil war.

On Thursday, Machar was given a Saturday afternoon deadlineby President Salva Kiir to return to Juba and work together towards rebuilding peace – the two had signed a peace agreement late last year under which Machar was once again made vice president. Continue reading Riek Machar Replaced by Taban Deng as First Vice President After Fleeing Capital