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S. Sudan’s Kiir gives Machar 48 hours to return to Juba


July 21, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has given his deputy and armed opposition leader, Riek Machar 48 hours to return to the capital, Juba or be sacked.

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President Salva Kiir greets First Vice President Riek Machar before to start a meeting at the South Sudanese presidency in Juba on 3 June 2016 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

The ultimatum was read in a statement read to reporters by presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny on Thursday as armed opposition leaders in Juba nominated former chief negotiator, Taban Deng Gai as their interim leader.

“Dr. Riek Machar is given 48 hours from today [Thursday] to report to work in Juba,” said Ateny, without stating any implication of Machar’s failure to honour the deadline.

Machar, according to his spokesman, relocated to the outskirt of Juba last week after his base was overran by President Kiir’s forces following four days of intensive fighting in Juba. He has called for a third force to be deployed in Juba to provide him protection.

Meanwhile, the armed opposition leaders in Juba have nominated Gai to act in the absence of Machar. The opposition’s deputy chairman, General Alfred Lado Gore, who is a member of the opposition’s National Liberation Council witnessed the occasion in Juba.

There are widespread speculations that the armed opposition might replace its chairman Machar with Gai, though this move will be deemed illegal under the terms of the peace agreement that led to the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) formation.


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  • 22 July 2016 12:34, by Malakal county Simon

    #Take Notes#

    No return to Juba until third party force is established and Juba being demilitarised!!!!

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    • 22 July 2016 14:01, by Akuma

      For those who are still dreaming of Riek Machar as chairman of SPLM-IO, Taban Deng Gai is now the current chairman and FVP of South Sudan.

      Riek Machar lieldu bei ngom wala

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      • 22 July 2016 16:02, by jubaone


        Calm down, Kiir will not effect his ultimatum otherwise he will be sanctioned and risks being indicted to the ICC. He will have no regional friends and Museveni will disown him. He will get no financial help, no investors will want to work with such a lawless regime that doesn’t uphold rules. South Sudan is just dying under monkeys rule.

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  • 22 July 2016 12:49, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Like Juba is his house and Machar is his son!! Riek’s life threatened, his body guards and security agents gunned down, is he a lunatic to gamble with his dear life and the lives of poor South Sudanese who whole-heartedly voted for independence of the country from Jallaba Sudan.

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  • 22 July 2016 13:16, by panda

    I believe absent of Riek Machar in Juba and to be replace by Taban Deng Ghai is a sign of peace coming to South Sudan

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    • 22 July 2016 14:40, by jubaone


      Well, go ahead and the agreement is done. Taban has no endorsement from the SPLM-IO NLC and is therefore illegal. That is good ground for the AU-backed troops to militarilly intervene. Now there’s good reason to isolate such a useless, rogue regime led by tailless monkeys and devils

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    • 22 July 2016 15:24, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      The terms of the agreement was internationally worked out to bring peace to the whole of South Sudan under the internationally recognised leader of SPLM/IO Dr Riek Machar and Salva Kiir. Therefore his replacement with military decree by the despot is clearly a rebuke to international effort of trying to bring a just peace to the people of South Sudan and not only to Jieng + Jieng Council of Elders

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    • 22 July 2016 16:54, by Eastern


      You dinkas don’t understand a thing; Kiir will "replace" Dr Machar with Taban Deng, but the two will not be implementing the ARCISS but another agreement of convenience. The ARCISS is Dr Machar, it will collapse with his replacement. This is going to be another period of lawlessness in South Sudan and as usual, the civilians will suffer and Uganda and Kenya will bear the refugee loads!

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  • 22 July 2016 15:14, by lino

    South Sudanese should not be surprised by the move!it is not the first time we saw same political rift. The regimes in Khartoum was using same tactics against Southerners since 1955 and till independent.
    Let our politicians play with fire; it will burn everyone at the end!!!

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  • 22 July 2016 15:50, by Hardlinner

    is the government out of it mind. you know quite that war which erupted in Juba took lives of IO n government soldiers. there is no need for rushing thing when u know it would lead to another war. UN should provide Riek with guards n his Nuer guards should come to juba after integration. stupidity should cease and let logic take hold. IG should know that primitive Nuer support Riek not Taban.

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  • 22 July 2016 16:48, by Eastern

    Why do they use the word "interim"? Why does Kiir not make Taban Deng Gai the First Vice President. Is Kiir now afraid if the consequences of the ARCISS collapsing totally? Kiir wants to use el Taban Deng Gai ti implement other important aspects of the ARCISS which Dr Machar was not going to make concession on. Watch Taban the traitor, folks!!!!

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  • 22 July 2016 17:19, by Eastern

    Nonsense! Dr Machar has been in Juba since April 2016; Kiir has been dilly dallying on the implementation of the agreement. Why Kiir wants to rush things and work Taban Gai by sidestepping Dr Machar is clear to all and sandry!!!

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  • 22 July 2016 21:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Things are going very bad to the SPLM /A-IO

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