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Rebel leader Riek Machar delays arrival to Juba

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The arrival of South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar to the capital, Juba, has been postponed because of logistical problems, a rebel spokesman has said.

William Ezekiel says Mr Machar, who was due to be sworn in as First Vice President as part of last August’s peace agreement, will now arrive on Tuesday.

Mr Machar fled Juba more than two years ago at the start of the civil war.

His return will enable the formation of a transitional unity government.

Well over two million people have been displaced and tens of thousands killed, since the fighting began in December 2013, so Machar’s return is extremely important.

Mr Ezekiel addressed a news conference at Juba airport.

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