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Machar in Khartoum for “medical treatment”, says Sudan’s Minister of Information

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South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar speaks during a briefing in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa April 9, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri)

August 23, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese government on Tuesday revealed that the former First Vice-President of South Sudan and armed opposition leader Riek Machar is in Khartoum saying Juba was notified that he has been received for pure humanitarian reasons.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit sacked Machar from his post as vice president after a renewal last month of fighting between forces loyal to the long-time rivals that forced tens of thousands of people to flee.

The Kenyan Standard news website on Thursday reported that the Sudanese government had sent an aircraft to evacuate the former first vice president from a hideout in a remote town in the DRC where he crossed into after 40 days in the bushes.

However, an SPLM-IO official told Sudan Tribune that the report published by the Kenyan website was “unfounded.”

In a statement to the official news agency (SUNA) on Tuesday, Sudan’s Minister of Information Ahmed Belal Osman said Sudan has recently received Machar for medical treatment, pointing he arrived in a critical health condition and needed immediate care.

However, Osman didn’t mention when Machr has arrived in Khartoum.

“Machar’s health is stable currently and he will remain in the country under comprehensive healthcare until he leaves to a destination of his choice to complete his treatment," he added.

The United Nations had earlier announced that Machar was received by one of the neighboring countries for the medical reasons.

The Sudanese minister further stressed that South Sudan’s government has been notified of Machar’s presence in Khartoum for pure humanitarian reasons.Machar’s presence in Khartoum coincides with the visit of Taban Deng Gai who replaced him as First Vice President of South Sudan.

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  • 23 August 2016 19:25, by Kerem

    Your statement is also unfounded for it was very clear that Sudan had a deal with UN in Congo to airlift Machar and that is clear. Support him and South Sudan will also think of how to support your rebels for we all have rebels

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    • 23 August 2016 19:35, by Eastern

      Kerem,

      Look for the nearest tomato "tree" to hang yourself.......!

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      • 24 August 2016 05:41, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Riek’s relationship with Khartoum started in 1991 he joined hands with Beshir in an attempt to destroy SPLA/M. It doesn’t worry people so long that he’s too tasted agonies of war. This’ the most difficult rebellion ever Riek has experienced & will mark the end of history for his rebellions.

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    • 23 August 2016 23:38, by Khent

      It’s really no surprise that the traitor sought out his masters for assistance. Khartoum’s poodle will never be President; his dishonorable and disastrous alliance with Khartoum will forever preclude him from the Presidency. It will follow him like a dark cloud for all his days.

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  • 23 August 2016 20:12, by Mr Point

    All the vice presidents of South Sudan, the legal and the illegal, are in Khartoum. Will Kiir start a new attempt at assassination?

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  • 24 August 2016 08:10, by Konan

    It is well known to everyone that Nuer are our historical ally and we will never never let them down. Whatever their decision might be, peace or war, we shall support them be it Machar or any other Nuer leader.

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    • 24 August 2016 10:55, by South South

      Konan,

      So you will spread Islam soon to your historical ally land. Remember this: in 1991 when you started your close ally with Nuer as you said, South Sudan was not a country and that why your historical ally work well because South Sudan was weak, but now South Sudan is a full country with gunships and many, many things. Remember that.

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  • 24 August 2016 10:50, by Ajongtar

    Actually TABAN Deng Gai mission to Khartoum was to finance Khartoum Government to Airlift His Master Dr. Riek Machar with Ethiopia Airline to Khartoum from DRC.

    That’s why he had a closed door meeting with the Sudan’s FVP letting his delegations outside for more than 20 minutes.

    Deng Gai is dangerous.

    Mark my words.

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    • 24 August 2016 13:29, by barbayo

      DRC requested Sudan transport Machar for burring if South Sudan government refuse can be bury in Sudan , forget about Raik Machar .

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  • 24 August 2016 15:48, by Redeemer

    For how long should Riek be on the run, he was on his toes during the time of Dr.Garang and upto now he is not able to strike history be handling Kiir by the horns, he is the most coward politician in the history. "I ran for my safety" is what he always say while leaving others to die

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