This Week in South Sudan – Week 17

Tuesday 26 April

  • Media reports on Riek Machar’s return to Juba and inauguration as First Vice-President:
    • The New York Times: “Riek Machar, South Sudan Opposition Leader, Returns as Part of Peace Deal”
    • The Wall Street Journal: “South Sudan’s Rebel Leader Returns to Join Government”
    • Voice of America “South Sudan Rebel Chief Sworn In as Vice President”
    • Bloomberg: “South Sudan Rebel Leader Returns as President Apologizes for War”
    • The Guardian: “South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returns to Juba”
    • BBC: “South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar sworn in as vice-president”
    • Time: “Rebel Leader Riek Machar Returns to South Sudan—and Brings Hopes for Peace With Him”
    • Sudan Tribune: “Machar sworn-in as South Sudan’s First Vice-President”
    • Radio Tamazuj: “Back where it all started: Riek Machar returns to Juba”
  • Radio Tamazuj: Full speech of Salva Kiir after swearing-in of Machar as South Sudan’s Vice-President.
  • Deutsche Welle:60 years of war and peace in South Sudan: A photo timeline”
  • Voice of America: “With Machar Back, Can South Sudan Now Heal?”
  • The Guardian: “UN bases in South Sudan are ‘a blessing and a curse’”

Wednesday 27 April

  • SPLA soldiers clashed with armed men in Rumaker area, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, raising fear of insecurity in a territory which has been experiencing relative peace and stability.
  • The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous said the Government of South Sudan lacks the necessary funds to establish and run the new 28-state system.
  • According to the Enough Project Founding Director, John Prendergast’s testimony before the US, House Foreign Affairs Committee, South Sudan has been “kidnapped” by its “greedy and selfish” leaders in the ruling party.
  • Bloomberg: The continued financial crisis and low oil prices can derail the transitional government.
  • BBC: “South Sudanese wants peace – and ice cream”
  • BBC Audio Report: “The cost of living in South Sudan”
  • BBC Audio Report: “Can South Sudan feed its people?”

Thursday 28 April

  • Voice of America: “International Funding Needed to Rescue South Sudan’s Economy”

Friday 29 April

  • Media reports on the formation of South Sudan’s Transitional Government of National Unity:
    • Deutsche Welle: “South Sudan unveils unity government amid concerns”
    • Voice of America: “New South Sudan Government Sworn In”
    • News 24: “South Sudan forges unity government”
    • Sudan Tribune “South Sudan swears in national unity government”
    • Radio Tamazuj: “Photos: South Sudan forms Transitional Government of National Unity”
  • BBC Audio Report: “Don’t be called ‘brother’ in South Sudan”

Saturday 30 April

Sunday 1 May

  • The SPLM (IO) dismissed the allegation that their party’s chief negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, had resigned as a baseless “rumour.”

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