In an effort to calm days of unrest, Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir has formally named Salva Kiir as his new deputy. Kiir fills the vaccuum created by the sudden death of rebel-chief-turned-peacemaker, John Garang. Just hours after he was killed, southern leaders loyal to Garang rallied behind Kiir. Meanwhile thousands have been flocking to pay their respects to the man who led rebels in the mainly Christian south through two decades of civil war against the Islamist government in Khartoum. Garang died in a helicopter crash at the weekend, shortly after he was sworn in as Vice President as part of a peace deal he had brokered. His death sparked riots in the capital, despite there being no evidence the crash was anything other than accidental.
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