South Sudan's ex-rebel leader also calls ceasefire

2016-07-11 21:30
Rebel leader Riek Machar at Juba international airport.  (Samir Bol, AFP)

Rebel leader Riek Machar at Juba international airport. (Samir Bol, AFP)

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Juba - Former South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar has also called for a ceasefire, shortly after the country's president ordered the army to cease hostilities.

Machar made the call on Monday evening in an interview with South Sudan-based Eye Radio.

President Salva Kiir had declared a unilateral ceasefire in a conflict that has seen fierce clashes between his army and opposition forces spread beyond the capital.

Machar, who is now the country's first vice president under a fragile peace deal, also said he was still in South Sudan but would not elaborate.

The fighting that began on Thursday night between opposing army forces has sparked fears of a return to civil war that could draw in even more of the East African country's ethnic groups.

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