S. Sudan president names arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president
S. Sudan president names arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president

South Sudan's president Salva Kiir has named his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, after fighting for more than two years of civil war. "I, Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, do hereby issue this Republican Decree for the appointment of Dr. Riek Machar Teny

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