South Sudan

Kiir Replaces Machar with Gen Deng as South Sudan Vice President

President of the Republic of South Sudan has fired his deputy Riek Machar, ask replacing him with his colleague and high ranking official for the SPLA in Opposition Gen Taban Deng Gai.

President Kiir in a decree he issued on Monday, order said he took the decision basing on the powers given to him by the peace agreement signed in August last year.

The replacement of Machar according to President Kiir was informed by recommendations of the former’s group, the SPLA IO.

“…I Salva Kiir Mayardit,” he declared, “President of the Republic of South Sudan do hereby issue this Republican Decree for the appointment of Gen Taban Deng Gai as the first Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan with effect from July 25th 2016.”

SPLA IO reportedly nominated Gen Taban Deng, following the disappearance of Machar ever since fighting broke out a couple of weeks ago at the Presidential place in Juba.

The group top leadership last week sat and voted to have Riek Machar replaced, which the latter through his spokesperson rubbished as illegal.

Kiir’s replacement of Dr Machar follows his meeting with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni at State House in Entebbe at the close of last week.

A few days back, Kiir had claimed while speaking to international press that on the day the fighting broke out at the Presidential Palace, Riek Machar entered the meeting with a gun and that this was the likely cause of the fighting in which over 300 soldiers on both sides lost their lives.

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