South Sudan

Appointment of new Vice President may well lead to more trouble


President Salva Kiir has sworn in a new Vice-President to replace Riek Machar who has gone into hiding after fighting between government and rebel forces in Juba in recent weeks.

The fighting between forces loyal to the president and those loyal to the vice-president broke out earlier this month and resulted in more than three hundred deaths. As a result the vice-president fled the capital Juba and has refused to return due to the poor security situation. Earlier this week the president sacked Machar and yesterday he appointed opposition leader Taban Deng Gai as his vice president.

The announcement has seen further fighting between the factions with Taban Deng Gai having little or no influence over forces loyal to Riek Machar. The appointment may well lead to an escalation of the violence and a possible breakdown of the peace agreement and national unity government which was formed late last year.

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