South Sudan Rebel Leader Riek Machar Causes Tension in Juba. Find out...

South Sudan Rebel Leader Riek Machar Causes Tension in Juba. Find out why


The expected return of South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar to the capital, Juba, has been postponed for logistical reasons.

He was due to take up the post of first vice-president, a key part of the peace process aimed at ending more than two years of civil war in South Sudan.

In the two years of civil war, more than two million people have been displaced and tens of thousands killed in the fighting.

Rebel spokesman William Ezekiel told journalists waiting for Mr Machar at Juba’s airport that the trip had been postponed until Tuesday. He said that the rebels were still committed to the peace process agreed last August.

Ezekeil said the plane that was meant to carry the armed opposition officials from Pagak, their headquarters in South Sudan to Gambella in Ethiopia ran behind schedule.

Officials from the South Sudanese government are yet to comment on this development.

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged the two warring faction leaders to expeditiously form the long-awaited Transitional Government of National Unity.


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