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Period of Mourning for Late Sudanese VP Garang


John Garang
The Sudan People's Liberation Movement says funeral services for its late political leader, Sudanese Vice President John Garang, will be held in Juba, the planned capital of an autonomous southern Sudan. It is unclear when the funeral will be held.

Mr. Garang's political party says the body of the former rebel leader, who died Saturday evening in a helicopter crash, is lying at New Site in Southern Sudan.

Sudan's government on Monday declared a night curfew in the capital, Khartoum, to prevent riots that erupted following news of his death. At least 36 people were killed in the violence.

Mr. Garang was a key figure in the peace accord reached this year between the Sudanese government and southern rebels to end a 21-year civil war.

Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir and General Salva Kiir Mayardit, who was named by the SPLM to succeed Mr. Garang, have stressed that his death will not stop the peace movement.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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