South Sudan oppositionist Riek Machar left the country
- 18.08.2016, 18:54,
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Riek 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Several weeks ago Machar was withdrawn from the capital, Juba, during fierce fighting with government troops."He has now been safely evacuated to a safe country within the region.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.