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South Sudan rebels deny replacing Machar

JUBA– South Sudan armed opposition has denied reports that the rebel movement was moving to replace its leader Riek Machar.

A statement issued by Mabior Garang, the information Minister of Sudan People’s Liberation Army –In Opposition on Thursday described the reports as “malicious propaganda”.

“The SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to reassure members that this is false and that they should ignore this propaganda, intended to engineer a split in the Movement. Your Movement, the SPLM/SPLA (IO), is not interested in a quick solution that will ensure jobs for our cadres,” partly reads

Garang’s statement followed South Sudan deputy ambassador to United States, Gordon Buay claiming on Tuesday that about five top officials from the armed opposition lobbied for Machar’s removal.

 “The SPLM/SPLA (IO) has proven beyond any doubt, our commitment to peace through a negotiated settlement, as much as the regime has proven its intransigence,” he wrote.

He insists that despite all circumstances, the opposition was committed to peace, through a negotiated settlement and shall be ready to engage in any credible process.

He told their supporters to ignore all “malicious propaganda created by enemies striving to divide” the rebel group

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