South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar Banned from IGAD bloc

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An East Africa regional bloc has said South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is not welcome in their countries, except to join peace talks on his country’s five-year civil war.

A communique after heads of state and government met in neighbouring Ethiopia said Machar should be free to leave South Africa, where he had been under house arrest since 2016, for “any country of his choice except the IGAD region.”

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has led multiple rounds of peace talks on South Sudan’s ruinous civil war, which has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. source Aljazeera

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