South Sudan rebel leader returns to the capital

JUBA – South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba on Tuesday afternoon, to become vice president and to try to end the civil war that in two and a half years has killed tens of thousands of people and forced more than 2 million from their homes. After landing at Juba International Airport, where doves were released and a welcoming crowd ululated, Machar briefly addressed the press before driving to the presidential palace to be sworn in as First Vice President to President Salva Kiir, according to a peace deal signed eight months ago under intense international pressure. Machar flew from Gambella, Ethiopia, just across the border from his rebel headquarters in South Sudan, on a UN plane.



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