Days after sacking his deputy Riek Machar, South Sudan President Salva Kiir has wrote a letter to the military ordering them to produce his second-in-command and rival (Machar) dead or alive.
Machar who only weeks ago led his forces to clash with loyalists of President Salva in an incident which claimed the lives of over 300 people in the capital of Juba is currently on the run.
President Salva is now shopping for a replacement of his deputy but the United Nations has warned that any political appointments must be consistent with a peace deal that ended nearly two years of civil.
“Any political appointments need to be consistent with the provisions outlined in the peace agreement,” U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York on Tuesday.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said some members of the South Sudanese opposition had met in Juba on Saturday and agreed to appoint Deng Gai as vice president.
“In terms of this and whether it’s allowed under the peace agreement is going to be a question for the leadership of South Sudan,” Trudeau told reporters.
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