File - In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong, right, waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, South Sudan. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)
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South Sudan President Salva Kiir sacked his powerful, hardline army chief Paul Malong on Tuesday, a government spokesman said.General Paul Malong, long regarded as an ethnic nationalist of Kiir's majority Dinka tribe, was replaced by General James Ajongo Mawut, a career soldier.UN investigators were among those who blamed Malong for the bloody attacks in July in which civilians were killed and foreign aid workers raped.South Sudan has been at war since December 2013 when Kiir fell out with Machar, accusing him of plotting a coup.
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