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S. Sudan's Machar Unveils 'Resistance' Group

FILE - Former South Sudan's VP Riek Machar.
FILE - Former South Sudan's VP Riek Machar.
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South Sudan's former vice president says he has formed a "resistance" group that will fight the government to ensure democracy and good governance in the war-battered country.

South Sudan's government had accused Riek Machar of leading a coup attempt that set off weeks of deadly fighting between pro- and anti-government troops.

In a telephone interview Monday with VOA's South Sudan in Focus program, Machar confirmed he is opposed to the government of President Salva Kiir.

"We decided to organize a resistance against the regime.  So yes, if you heard troops in Upper Nile, in Jonglei, in Unity States, in Equatoria, saying what I am saying, yes, we are now an organized resistance against the regime," said Machar.

Machar said his group wants to see democracy, pluralism, free elections, and good governance take hold in South Sudan.

Thousands are believed killed, and more than a half-million people have been driven from their homes by the fighting in South Sudan.  A cease-fire signed by government and rebel delegations in Ethiopia 10 days ago has largely held, despite each side accusing the other of violations.

More talks are scheduled to begin on February 7th.

Machar is a political rival of the president, and has announced plans to challenge him in the next elections.  Kiir fired him as vice president in July, about five months before the fighting began.

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by: Jakok from: Aweil
February 04, 2014 4:08 AM
We south sudanese are not mad to allow Riek to contest. After what has he come to know what is call election. Let him may be not waste is energy talking.this country is not for satans. Let him go and rule NgunDeng people we are not there.
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by: Gatjiek from: Malaysia
February 04, 2014 7:45 PM
Dinka and Nuer must learnt what in store for Unity rather than division. Kiir must step down peacefully since he has no thing to do with being a president.
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by: Tut Both Chuol from: Nairobi
February 04, 2014 5:59 AM
Jakok. You should not be so defensive and only see the wrong of one leader. Kiir showed himself as a tribal leader not long before he got to power if machar is the one having a problem because he is a Nuer why are the 11 top most politician also defecting from his rulling? South sudan need someone to unit them and develop the nation. Creating peace among the 72 tribe and create good governance with in as well as good international relation. Kiir has lost legitimacy among south sudanese because its his fake idea that made south sudanese lose their live.

by: Hssan from: Juba
February 04, 2014 2:42 AM
Though he machar was on the right why pick gun to resolve this issue 2015 is not far from now

by: nhial otuel from: ethiopia
February 04, 2014 1:51 AM
as marxy theory machar will reach the level that he governt the people of south sudan and governed by peaceful maner as he said.

by: Dhol Deng Yom Akok from: Wanyjok
February 04, 2014 1:50 AM
Mines of your language guys .
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by: Ariel Beera Puoric from: Rumbek, South Sudan
February 04, 2014 3:23 AM
Riek movement is baseless and has accepted what he denied then. Kiir has not skipped the election term of which he should has opposed.

by: Bol from: Bor
February 03, 2014 4:14 PM
What does the evil US wants to gain from this? The US is no long trusted by the South Sudanese. South Sudanese are not going to chase away the Chinese in South Sudan because of the US, plain and simple.

by: Tut Both chuol from: Nairobi
February 03, 2014 3:57 PM
As a matter of fact even God allows the right to self deffence. Kiir started the war and if Machar took arms to resist he is doing the right thing since the dream of all south sudanese is to be free thats why they fought against the arabs.
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by: Lokide from: Bor
February 04, 2014 9:08 AM
Bravo, Dr. Riek for standing up and forming a resistance force, train your force not to harass, loot or involve in revenge killing and you will be welcomed in Juba the seat of government of South Sudan. the world now know that Juba government of Kiir started the war
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by: deng from: juba
February 04, 2014 2:37 AM
U ll never understand or u ll never know what u r fighting 4 so never support a fool cuz u may also become a fool like him

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