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South Sudan's President Officially Replaces Deputy Leader

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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Monday officially replaced his major political rival Vice President Riek Machar with Mining Minister Taban Deng Gai, local media reported.

South Sudan: From Window of Democracy to “Failed State”
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — With Taban Deng Gai appointed as Machar's successor, the dismissal is a hard blow to the April deal reached between two South Sudanese warring factions, Radio Tamazuj said.

Civil war broke out in South Sudan in late 2013 between the country's government and opposition forces after President Salva Kiir accused opposition leaders Riek Machar and Pagan Amum of planning a coup.

In April, Kiir swore in Machar as vice president in a transitional government that was negotiated by the United States, United Kingdom and Norway in an attempt to end the fighting.

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