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South Sudan Imposes Curfew After Alleged Coup Attempt

Overnight Curfew Declared Amid Unrest in South Sudani
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December 17, 2013 7:37 AM
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir declared an overnight curfew in the capital after the government foiled what he called an attempted coup.
Overnight Curfew Declared Amid Unrest in South Sudan
Gabe Joselow
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir declared a curfew in Juba, accusing soldiers allied with the former vice president of attempting a coup overnight in the capital.
 
In a press conference in the capital Monday, Kiir said a group of soldiers allied with former Vice President Riek Machar launched an attack late Sunday at army headquarters.
 
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Witnesses reported hearing heavy bouts of gunfire and explosions in the capital into Monday morning.
 
The president said the government now has the situation under control.

"I would like to inform you all, my dear citizens, that your government is in full control of the security situation in Juba," Kiir said. "The attackers fled and your armed forces are pursuing them. I promise you today that justice will prevail."
 
Machar, who has announced his ambitions to run for president, was dismissed from his position in July as part of an overall Cabinet reshuffle.
 
An outspoken critic of the president, Machar has in the recent past accused Kiir of behaving like a dictator.
 
Neither Machar, nor his spokesperson, could be immediately reached for comment.
 
A military tank patrols along one of the main roads in the South Sudanese capital Juba, Dec. 16, 2013.A military tank patrols along one of the main roads in the South Sudanese capital Juba, Dec. 16, 2013.
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A military tank patrols along one of the main roads in the South Sudanese capital Juba, Dec. 16, 2013.
A military tank patrols along one of the main roads in the South Sudanese capital Juba, Dec. 16, 2013.
In response to the fighting, Kiir has declared a nighttime curfew in Juba until further notice.
 
International flights in and out of the capital have been cancelled.

The U.N. Mission in South Sudan said in a statement that hundreds of civilians have sought refuge at its compound, and denied "any suggestion" that it is harboring political or military figures.

In a statement, the U.S. embassy also said that "no political or military figures" had taken refuge within its walls.

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by: Zee Machar from: Cairo-Egypt
December 17, 2013 1:47 AM
The dictator reveal himself, by deadly tactics claiming that S. Sudan had a coop attempt forgetting the precedures followed by 19 members of Political bureau. (He "Kiir" is preventing the 20 rally, where he'll be criticize badly in the present of the entire nation)
Dear fellow southerners witness the day of our slavery under Salvador kingdom..

To my fellows commentators
I notice that whenever there's anything to do with Machar y'all always run back to 1991 incident while you are forgetting the purpose of the split which is due to the self determination that we're all enjoying today. It is obvious that Dr. Mabour vision(New Sudan) is to take over Sudan leadership and be her president.

In 2002 Dr. Mabour realize that he can't do without Dr. Machar that's why he call him but still insisting on his(Mabour) vision, this was where they came to conclusion saying that we should allow the citizen to decide their fad where 98% of Citizen voted for sucession; Dr. Machar vision.

1) Now tell me who does the interest of the citizen Dr. Machar Teny or Dr. Garang de Mabour?
2) Who is the Hero?

If Machar was planning for coop will he attend the Sunday mass in presbyterian Church at Jabel?
Would he announce his interest on the presidency?
Would he give up his rank in the army?
Would he bother to gather politician on his side?

As far as I know Dr. Machar is capable of planing a coop.
Please visit this: http://williamorule.com/2013/12/17/south-sudan-dictator-was-born-yesterday/?relatedposts_exclude=923

by: Enok Habte from: Dallas, Texas
December 16, 2013 11:54 AM
This formerly rogue rebel commander who mounted a coup against President Salva Kiir this week, did exactly the same thing to the SPLA leader John Garang in 1991. The infighting then was cataclysmic for the people of South Sudan. He has a history of spoiling things, another idiot in African history who have caused similar misery comes to mind; Jonas Savimbi of Angola. A thinking person; who loves his country and cares about its future does not seek to de-stablize it thru a coup. In his background, Riek Machar used to be a good slave, very useful attack dog for the Bashir regime against the SPLA & after independence, they made him their vice President. Wow! Is it any wonder now, that he is de-stablizing their country. History is repeating itself in South Sudan.
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by: Deng Rounraj from: san leandro,CA
December 16, 2013 11:52 PM
While the entire world is celebrating the death and live of Nelson Mandela , some south sudanese politicans are plotting against their government . What a dispeakable act . What a shame ! . But ,read my lips that is the tragic end of Reik Machar political career . I don`t think he got one since he only think of his status and stomach .

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