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South Sudan oppositionist Riek Machar left the country

South Sudan oppositionist Riek Machar left the countryRiek Machar, South Sudan's former vice president and opposition leader got away from the country for a neighboring state, opposition officials said on Thursday.

Several weeks ago Machar was withdrawn from the capital, Juba, during fierce fighting with government troops.

"He has now been safely evacuated to a safe country within the region. He will hold a press conference within the next 24 hours," Mabior Garang de Mabior, a spokesman for Machar's SPLM-IO party, said in a statement.

Gatdek Dak, Machar's personal spokesman, said opposition fighters had "successfully relocated our leader to a neighboring country where he will now have unhindered access to the rest of the world and the media," a statement posted on Facebook said.

Machar was in the lead of rebellion forcers in a two year civil war against forces loyal to President Salva Kiir. Opposition leader also was accused of plotting a coup. But two sides reached a peace deal in August 2015. Machar returned to Juba in April to become the vice president.

Conflict flared up against last month when a power-sharing agreement collapsed, leading Machar to withdraw with his forces from Juba around mid-July.
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