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Machar swears in as first Vice President

  • Vice President designate Machar swears on arrival in Juba

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar has been sworn in as first vice president after arriving in the capital Juba in a long awaited UN brokered peace deal.

The inauguration came on Tuesday afternoon after Machar touched down at Juba airport on a UN plane after repeated delays to implement a peace agreement.

"I am very committed to implement this agreement so that the process of national reconciliation and healing is started as soon as possible," he said during the ceremony at the president palace.

Machar resumes a post he held before the conflict erupted in December 2013.

The development ends his 28-month military conflict with President Salva Kiir, which has killed tens of thousands of people.

Machar had been accused of trying to organise a coup, but he denied.

 

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