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Machar in good health condition, says diplomat

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 25, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan’s former first vice-president and armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, is in good health condition, an opposition diplomat said.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda’s capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

The Sudanese government on Tuesday announced that Machar was in Khartoum to receive medical treatment.

In telephone interview, the armed opposition representative to the United Nations, Miyong Kuon said Machar’s state of health is much better than it was two weeks ago.

“The Chairman is recovering very well in Khartoum. He is doing well and ready to talk to the world”, he told Sudan Tribune.

The opposition official added Machar was not shot as reported by some media outlets.

Machar is receiving medical treatment because “He had cuts in his left foot from long walks coupled with exhaustion”.

Machar had reportedly walked about 200 kilometers from Eastern Equatoria inside Sudan before managing to arrive in the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC).

Khartoum had notified Juba that Machar’s presence in Sudan is for pure humanitarian reasons.

There were rumors that the Sudanese government has sent an aircraft to evacuate the former vice president from a hideout in a remote town in the DRC.

However, SPLM-IO official on Friday dismissed those reports saying unfounded.

“Khartoum was not involved in the rescue operation, there was no a Sudanese airplane used as reported”, he explained.

It is not yet clear if Machar will return to DRC or move to other country after recovery.

However opposition officials here in Addis Ababa told Sudan Tribune that they want their chairman to be relocated to Ethiopia where IGAD still recognizes him as the legitimate vice-president of South Sudan.

Riek Machar has refused to return to South Sudan’s capital Juba unless a regional force is deployed.

Machar fled the capital Juba, over a month ago following fierce fighting with government troops which led to attempts on his life.

Opposition officials say this is this is a second murder attempt he has survived after the one in December 2013.

Machar reportedly fled the country along with his wife, Angelina Teny, Brigadier Simon Bangong and 100 soldiers.

(ST)

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  • 26 August 2016 06:37, by DHARCHEP

    Late Dr. John Garang and Salva Kiir Miyardit walk thousands miles and they were not sick. If feign Riek Machar walk 200 km that is not enough. On my side, there is a hidden agenda that is not well conveyed. Anyway, I don’t care whether he is well or ready to talk to the world. What I need is to hear that he is fucken dead. That is it.

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    • 26 August 2016 07:04, by Akook

      Machar is a survivor. This means no matter what or how we Jieng (Dinkas)can conspire to kill him, Machar can still can get out.
      He is a man, a real brave fellow South Sudan ever produced. A leader can never be coward like Salva Kiir. That is why South Sudan failed

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      • 26 August 2016 08:21, by wacjak

        Akook! Must you concord your identity? Are you not happy being who you are from whichever tribe? Traitor Machar will still die some day even if he did not die this time.

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      • 26 August 2016 10:11, by DHARCHEP

        Akook,you and Riek Machar have the same dead brain. How can Riek Machar be brave when he left Salva Kiir Miyardit in Juba several times? Man your leader is a complete dead leader. Leader who cause the war and knew nothing about how he can exit. Fuck him.

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  • 26 August 2016 07:18, by Eastern

    ....Kiir and Paul Malong will have to look for more diapers/nappies for the genie is out of the bottle. We are back to the situation pre ARCISS. The loss of those Mathiang anyoor is indeed in vein!!

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  • 26 August 2016 18:19, by Redeemer

    The major SPLM-IO are now in two groups SPLM-IOR (R) stands for Rebels and SPLM-IOIG (IG) stands for In Government. So SPLM-IOR wants Riek to become IGAD Vice President in Ethiopia. The list of IO factions
    1 IO of Riek
    2 IO of Taban
    3 IO of Changson
    4 IO of Peter Gatdat. Dr. Lam knows that Riek is politically dead, so he wants to form another IO to integrate IO of Riek not forgetting Oliny

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