South Sudan First Vice President Riek Machar attends a news conference at the Presidential State House following renewed fighting in South Sudan's capital Juba, July 8, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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Machar has not been seen in public since he left the capital Juba after clashes that threatened to destroy a 2015 deal to end the country's civil conflict.His movement, the SPLM/A (IO), Friday accused the government of seeking to replace Machar with Taban Deng Gai – the former rebels' chief negotiator during the peace talks.in the runup to the latest developments, Kiir had appealed for Machar to return to Juba and work together towards rebuilding peace.Juba was rocked by days of heavy fighting in early July between government forces and fighters loyal to Machar which erupted as he was meeting Kiir in the presidential palace.
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