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.

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.