Lam Akol, South Sudan's head of the opposition Democratic Change group, addresses a news conference in his office in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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At least nine people were killed in South Sudan over the weekend in renewed clashes between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those of his longtime rival Riek Machar, a spokesman for Machar said Monday.Nothing has been heard from Machar since and Kiir replaced him as vice president.Akol was the president's only serious challenger in a regional election held in 2010, the year before the semi-autonomous region known as Southern Sudan seceded and gained full independence.He has also long opposed Machar, whose forces clashed in recent weeks with government troops loyal to Kiir.
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