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South Sudan rebel leader’s wife skips UN summit over health issues


September 29, 2017 (JUBA)- The leading figure of the main South Sudan rebel group (SPLM-IO) Angelina Teny could not attend the general assembly of the United Nations due to her health conditions.

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Angelina Teny pictured at a New York hotel during the UNAG meetings (ST Photo)

Multiple SPLM-IO sources and relatives told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the group had hoped to be represented at the sideline meetings by Teny who is also the wife of the rebel leader but her conditions could not allow the engagement to take place.

Rebel officials said her health conditions prevented them from lobbying the different African and Western delegations participating at the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly.

“It is true we did not participate in major events and activities to draw the attention of the world leaders to the cause of the Movement simply because Madame Angelina whom the leadership had hoped would lead the team was not well. So we just decided to engage at individual capacities”, a senior member of the faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) under Angelina’s husband, Riek Machar, told Sudan Tribune from Washington, United States, when reached on Friday.

The opposition did not elaborate on the nature and degree of illness, saying it was not of his roles in the movement to talk about the health of one of his group without permission from the leadership.

“I have no permission to talk about the details of the health of Madame Angelina. I just told you the reason for which we did not meet world leaders in an organized manner as a political entity”, he said.

A relative told Sudan Tribune separately Angelina hurt her knee while exercising at a gym in August and evolved into a health matter due to her sugar level in the blood. Sudan Tribune was unable to independently verify the veracity of the reports.

Attempt to contact and get official clarifications from Isaac Kang, the opposition’s representative to the United States and Stephen Par Kuol, one of its senior members currently in the United States were unsuccessful. None of them had responded to telephone calls and email messages.


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  • 29 September 22:55, by Theone

    What the rebels/bandits will do in the UN?

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  • 29 September 23:00, by Eastern

    I have my doubts...Couldn’t she DELEGATE...? Quick recovery..

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    • 30 September 02:50, by Newsudan

      Riek (false Messiah)
      he will never run any successful movement
      1.SPLA 1986 to 1991
      2.SSIA 1991 to 1994
      3.SPLA united 1994 to 1997
      4.SSDF 1997 to 2000
      5.SPDF 2000 to 2002
      6.SPLA again 2002 to 2013
      7.SPLA IO 2013 to 2016
      8.SPLA Io in bush/warmongers 2016/2017/anti peace group

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      • 30 September 04:11, by john akeen

        All of this without success, that guy is very smart than who is following him, so what is next after IO. IO it’s death anyways, the real IO is Taban Deng Gai IO who know about peace, but Riek IO is death, now it as become random IO movement, the next movement will be KM movement AKA Riek Machar movement

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  • 30 September 07:15, by James Bol Bol

    First i wish quick recovery!

    Opposition is for transformations of both political issues and so forth...
    But this what Machar wants ,
    The real opposition is Taban but Machar ’s vision on south Sudan is destruction
    but impossible for south Sudan to be at war for long , the time for war is past...

    "you can enjoy what you have done either good or evil thing , it will rest on your feet"

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  • 30 September 09:24, by Adok son

    I wish you quick recovery, Madame Angelina Teny.we knew that UN assembly would hear from you a good message about South Sudan’s problem.Sorry Mother of the Movement,next time you will do it!.

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