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South Sudan rebel leader Riek Macha sworn in as vice-president

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By Euronews
South Sudan rebel leader Riek Macha sworn in as vice-president

<p>South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar is back in the capital Juba and has retaken his position as the country’s first vice president. </p> <p>He has taken up the post under a peace agreement reached eight months ago, but delayed until now by disputes between Machar and the government of President Salva Kiir. </p> <p>“The four challenges I’m seeing: stabilization of security, stabilization of the economy, getting access of the humanitarian relief, and then the process of national reconciliation, so, I am happy to be here,” Machar, said at his swearing-in ceremony. </p> <p>Machar’s return comes more than two years after the start of a civil war that has since killed tens of thousands of people and forced over two million to flee their homes.</p> <p>The conflict erupted after a power struggle between Machar, an ethnic Nuer, and Kiir, from the dominant Dinka group. The fighting has increasingly followed ethnic lines, unsettling an already volatile region.</p> <p>The transitional government also wants to end the fighting and resettle millions of displaced people.</p>