South Sudan Bars Former Deputy Leader From Return to Politics

South Sudan’s government will block any attempt by former Vice President Riek Machar to return to the country to take up a political position, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said.

Machar, who fled the country during a resurgence of violence in the oil-producing country in July, has been replaced by his former chief negotiator, Taban Deng Gai. He is currently in neighboring Sudan for medical treatment.

“He should not come back as a politician and if he wants, he should come for elections in 2018,” Ateny said by phone Thursday from the capital, Juba.

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