South Sudanese president rushed to hospital in Ethiopia

2015-01-29 17:02
South Sudan President Salva Kiir. (File: AFP)

South Sudan President Salva Kiir. (File: AFP)

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Addis Ababa - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has been rushed to hospital in Addis Ababa in the middle of peace talks to end the country's 13-month civil conflict, Ethiopian media reported Thursday.

The sudden illness of the 63-year-old president interrupted his meeting with rebel leader Riek Machar on Wednesday. He was also due to attend an African Union summit on Friday and Saturday.

A source from the East African bloc Intergovernmental Authority on Development, which has mediated in the South Sudanese conflict, told the website Sudan Tribune that Kiir had suffered a nose bleed brought on by stress.

The power struggle between Kiir and Machar turned violent in December 2013. The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced nearly two million people.

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