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South Sudan President integrates rival’s officers into army

South Sudan President integrates rival’s officers into army

SOUTH Sudan President Salva Kiir ordered military officers loyal to his vice president, Riek Machar, to be officially integrated into a unified command of the army, state media said, a central pillar of the peace process. Kiir and Machar's forces signed a peace agreement in 2018 that ended five years of civil war. But implementation has been slow and the opposing forces have clashed frequently over disagreements about how to share power. Fighting has flared in recent weeks. Following pressure from donors and international partners, the two men met on April 8 and Machar submitted a list of officers to…
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Rival South Sudanese factions clash

Rival South Sudanese factions clash

DENIS DUMO FORCES loyal to Vice President Riek Machar and a splinter group have clashed in South Sudan, but the two sides gave conflicting reports on Saturday - with each claiming to have killed dozens of soldiers from the other side. The latest clashes, threatening the country's fragile peace process, occurred in Magenis in the Upper Nile region, between forces loyal to Machar and those backing First Lieutenant General Simon Gatwech Dual. A spokesman for Machar's SPLM/A-IO party, Lam Paul Gabriel, said the party's forces responded "in self-defence" and killed two major generals and over 27 soldiers. He said those…
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‘South Sudan’s VP Machar ousted as party head’

‘South Sudan’s VP Machar ousted as party head’

DENIS DUMO  SOUTH Sudan's Vice President Riek Machar has been deposed as head of his party and its armed forces, rival military leaders have said, a move that could pressure an already fragile peace process. Machar played a major role in pushing his partner, President Salva Kiir, to a peace deal in 2018 and in the subsequent formation of a unity government following years of civil war. But he was stripped of party posts after a three-day meeting of senior leaders of his SPLM/A-IO movement who accused him of undermining reforms and giving family members strategic posts, said a statement…
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