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January 25, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan Ambassador to Russia Telar Ring Deng has unexpectedly resigned from his post on Thursday following accusations that he had sided the opposition groups.

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Telar Deng (L) congratulating the new vice-president James Wani after his appointment on August 27, 2013 (Photo Larco Lomayat)

"I, Ambassador Telar Ring Deng, do hereby submit my resignation as the Head of Mission to the Russian Federation in Moscow and a non-resident Ambassador in Baku, Azerbaijan; Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; and Tbilisi, Georgia," said Deng in his resignation letter extended to Sudan Tribune.

On 17 January, Deng denied reports that he had defected from the government and held meeting with opposition leaders in Nairobi to overthrow the President Kiir during the first week of January.

"Rumor mongers will one day stop what they are spreading about my rebellion. I am still an Ambassador accredited to Russian Federation," he said.

However, in his resignation letter, the ambassador didn’t provide any explanation on the reason behind this unexpected decision.

He only thanked President Kiir for entrusting him with the representation South Sudan in Russia and the former countries of the Soviet Union.

Opposition sources said many opponents mentioned in the alleged meeting were not actually in Nairobi. Other political activists point to a power struggle within different circles close to the president to explain the situation.

(ST)

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  • 25 January 23:55, by dinkdong

    Why deny it last time then?

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    • 26 January 04:14, by Jubaa5

      Mr Ambassador Telar Ring Deng ,if you travel to Juba you are a death man!!

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    • 26 January 04:20, by Jubaa5

      Mr Mr Ambassador Telar Ring Deng ,before you travel to your unknown destination,just make a deal with Russia,arms deal make sure Russia supply your group with mordern weapons to overthrow this killer in Juba!!

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  • 26 January 00:19, by john locke

    His resignation is the beginning of something bigger.. When even your ambassador have lost faith in you as a leader than you than you have failed. The country broke. International missions representing south sudan are shutting there doors due to the failure of rent. Kiir would rather spend 2.3 million to keep riek in SA and buy weapons for war than pay for foreign embassy missions.

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    • 26 January 03:07, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      It is now the time to kick out the spoiler of South Sudan nation and rebuild a cohesive, united nation that cares for her citizens. Leaders who have ambitions for being life presidents should be barred from running the high office.

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      • 26 January 03:44, by Jubaa5

        Please Ambassador Deng dont to make a mistake like paul Malong, King Paul escaped narrowly death.The days of Salva kiir are numbered even the USA has said that President Salva Kiir being unfit to govern South Sudan,it is time for Salva Kiir to go!! By promotion of three senior military officers by President Kiir as a slap in the face of the international community. And the 3 are wanted criminals.

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