Riek Machar in Sudan for medical treatment

South Sudan’s former first vice president
Riek Machar is in Sudan’s capital,
Khartoum, for medical treatment, the
Sudanese government has confirmed.

Government spokesman Ahmed Bilal
Osman has issued a statement confirming that Sudan had received Machar and had notified South Sudan regarding this.

He said his country had received Machar
on “purely humanitarian reasons top of
which his need for urgent medical
attention.”

Machar fled the South Sudanese capital,
Juba, with his troops following the five-day fighting that killed close to 300 people and forced thousands others to flee to neighbouring countries.

President Salva Kiir later sacked him as
first vice president and replaced him with Taban Deng Gai, a move that received western criticism.

Machar was reported to have gone to the
Democratic Republic of Congo last week.

The Sudanese statement said that Machar is stable but will remain under medical in the country until he decides to seek more medical treatment elsewhere.

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