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Sudan's Vice President Denies Death Rumors


Sudan's vice president, Salva Kiir, says enemies of peace have been spreading false reports that he had been killed.

Speaking Sunday in Juba, the main town in southern Sudan, Kiir said people who want to stir up trouble between the people of northern and southern Sudan deliberately started the rumors.

Kiir's predecessor as vice president, John Garang, died in an airplane accident in 2005. His death sparked days of riots that caused the deaths of some 130 people. Most casualties were in the capital, Khartoum, in northern Sudan, but other deadly clashes occurred in the south at Juba and Malakal towns.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.