South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar sworn in as vice president

    South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar sworn in as vice president

    April 27, Juba: Rebel leader of South Sudan Riek Machar has returned to Juba, an important step in ending South Sudan's civil war and has been sworn in as vice-president in a boost for a peace deal aimed at ending more than two years of conflict.

    After landing at the Juba International Airport on Tuesday, Machar was inaugurated as first Vice President of South Sudan by President Salva Kiir. It marked the formation of a unity government, and a fresh chance for South Sudan to rewrite its violent history. 

    Since South Sudan's war broke out in December 2013, 300,000 people have died by one estimate, and around 2.3 million South Sudaneae have become displaced. As it stands, the East African nation is in the midst of an economic and humanitarian crisis, and both sides of the civil war are accused of committing war crimes.

    A deal between Kiir and Machar to end the civil war was signed in August, but fighting in some areas intensified after the agreement. 

    For the past eight months, Machar's return has been the top priority for diplomats in Juba, as it marks the beginning of a unity government, and first substantive step in the peace deal.

    The Oslo Times


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