Rebel leader Riek Machar with his top commanders.

The SPLM-IO faction allied to former first vice president Riek Machar is planning to relocate its leader to either Kenya or Ethiopia, a spokesman for the armed opposition group said.

According to Peter Gatkuoth, spokesman of the SPLM-IO faction, senior members of the armed opposition faction will also meet in Khartoum to discuss the ongoing political developments in South Sudan.

Further, Gatkuoth pointed out that they want to meet the Troika countries in order to explain the armed opposition group’s position on the clashes that broke out in Juba last July, besides the appointment of Taban Deng Gai as the First Vice President replacing Machar.

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The opposition official noted that they will also discuss the position of some foreign countries that seek to recognise Taban Deng Gai, saying the SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar will tour some countries to clarify the armed group’s position on the peace agreement after the Juba events.

Separately, Gatkuoth said that the SPLM-IO leadership agreed to hold another conference in Yuai town in Uror County of Jonglei State, saying the meeting will be attended by leaders of the White Army and military commanders. He explained that the conference aims to discuss the latest political developments after the July events in Juba.


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