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Rebel Leader Riek Machar Denied Permission to Return to Juba

After nearly a week of false starts and confusion, South Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar finally arrived at Ethiopia’s Gambela airport on Saturday to fly to Juba to take up his position as vice president, theoretically ending the country’s two-and-a-half year civil war. But a series of administrative disagreements with the rival Juba government of president Salva Kiir has prevented his journey, throwing the success of the long hoped-for peace process into doubt.

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42 thoughts on “Rebel Leader Riek Machar Denied Permission to Return to Juba

  1. there is a good reason why riek machar is not allowed to go back to south sudan

    the reason why he is in ethiopia is because ethiopia is funding the nuer rebels to destablize the south sudanese government. nuer rebels get military and intelligence support from the ethiopian government. this really pisses off the dinka government in south sudan because the nuer rebels now got support from ethiopia.

    riek machar, leader of nuer rebels, was caught collaberating with the ethiopians by the south sudanese government and was blocked from going back to south sudan because he got the ethiopians to help the nuer rebels fight the south sudanese government.

    riek machar has no place in south sudan. if he is going to collaberate with ethiopia to destroy the south sudanese government, he and his nuer rebels should stop causing so much violence in our country and go back to his ethiopian friends.

  2. Vice at the heart of the (in)action. Good story but it would be nice to hear the other side of this, have a bit of background info or find out why Riek Machar and his staff can't just pay $500 a piece for one-way tickets on Ethiopian Airlines and fly from Gambela to Juba. As is, this isn't really worth posting to youtube.

  3. Dude the uneasy feeling you have is showing, to be honest if I was you I would also be feeling very uneasy due to the fact you are on a country in a violent civil war, you are English and white which means money and hostage taking. I hope all goes well and you have a safe return!

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