A senior military official of South Sudan’s main rebel group has quit and urged former leader Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir to surrender their positions.
Pressure is increasing on South Sudan’s rival leaders to put bickering aside and focus on implementing a peace deal that was supposed to end violence in the country August last year.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is visiting South Sudan in the aftermath of a recent attack on one of the security council’s bases for internally displaced civilians.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has denied accusations from the country’s leading opposition group that his government was involved in the recent attack on a UN base in Malakal.
Gunmen in South Sudan opened fire on civilians at a UN base on Wednesday, according to reports from locals.
South Sudan’s leading armed rebel group has accused “government elements” of carrying out the recent attack on a UN base sheltering internally displaced civilians, according to sources in the country.
The UK, US and Norway have vowed to transport Riek Machar’s troops to South Sudan’s capital, apving the way for his return.
South Sudan’s leading rebel figure Riek Machar says he will return to South Sudan to take up his position as vice-president.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has reappointed Riek Machar as the country’s vice-president, in a move that could bring an end to civil war in the nation.
South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar has called himself a “hero” and the man responsible for bringing independence to the country.
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