South Sudan

Machar arrives in Juba to take oath


A plane carrying South Sudan first vice president Riek Machar that left Gambella airport in Ethiopia earlier, has land at Juba International airport.

His spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, confirmed Machar’s plane left Gambella airport earlier in the afternoon.

“We renew our call to residents in Juba to go to the airport and receive the First Vice President designate, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, at Juba airport this afternoon, Tuesday,” Gatdet said.

He urged all peace lovers to get ready to receive the First Vice President designate at Juba International Airport.

On Monday, SPLAIO chief of General staff Lt Gen Simon Gatwech flew to Juba in the first flight.

Later in the evening a second flight took the rest of the soldiers and some politicians to Juba from Gambella airport.

UN chose to transport the top opposition leader to Juba after the withdrawal of a plane earlier sponsored by US which said it was disappointed by the continuous delay of his arrival.

Machar will immediately take oath of office upon arrival.

He will straight from the Juba airport drive to the Presidential Palace (J1) for the swearing in ceremony after which he is expected to hold a brief meeting with President Salva Kiir.

He will thereafter go to the mausoleum of late John Garang de Mabior to pay his respect and retire to his residential area at Jebel Kujur, also popularly known as Pagak 2, where his forces are stationed.

Machar is also expected to make consultations with his officials and with President Kiir on the long-awaited formation of the transitional government of national unity in which the government will have 16 national ministers in the new cabinet, SPLM-IO will have 10 and other political parties and former detainees will have 4 ministers, 2 each.

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