Sudan Says It May Expel Southern Ex-Deputy If He Plots Rebellion

Sudan may expel the former vice president of South Sudan if he continues planning a new rebellion against the southern government from its territory, Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said.

Riek Machar, who is in Sudan for medical treatment after being forced from South Sudan’s capital in July, at the weekend said his country’s people “should brace for long-term popular armed resistance.” His delegation, which was previously a partner with President Salva Kiir in South Sudan’s transitional government, said it will reorganize to challenge that nation’s ruler.

“We are not agreeing with him and if he is going to prepare for war, we are going to expel him,” Osman said by phone from the Sudanese capital, referring to Machar. “He can start the war from anywhere else, not from Khartoum because he is not from Khartoum.”

Machar’s comments raised the prospect of a revival of a civil war that began in oil-producing South Sudan in December 2013 and has left tens of thousands of people dead. He led rebels in the conflict until returning to that country’s capital, Juba, in April to become Kiir’s deputy under a peace agreement. He fled again in July after his fighters clashed with Kiir’s forces in violence that claimed at least 270 lives.

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