South Sudan rebel leader Dr Riek Machar

After a long week delay, Mr. Riek Machar, South Sudan’s rebel leader has finally arrived in Juba, and is expected to be sworn in later as the first vice-president in a new unity government.

Sources indicate Mr Machar left Gambella aboard a UN plane after the US withdrew its offer to fly him home yesterday.

Machar’s arrival is key part of a deal aimed at ending more than two years of conflict that has killed tens of thousands and left two million people homeless.

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Mr Machar, who fled Juba at the start of the conflict in December 2013, had been accused of trying to organise a coup, which he denied – but it set off a round of tit-for-tat killings which developed into a full-blown conflict.


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