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South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar returns to Juba

"We need to bring our people together so they can unite and heal the wounds"

BBC News reporting: Riek Machar, the famous leader of South Sudan’s rebels, has returned in the capital city of Juba, following a week-long delay that posed a legitimate danger to a peace deal.

He had fled Juba at the start of the conflict in December 2013 and is expected to be sworn in later as the first vice-president in a new unity government.

This is a quintessential part of the agreement that aims to end two years of bloody civil war that has killed tens of thousands and left two million people homeless.

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding Machar, with the biggest accusation being an attempt at organizing a coup, which he denied. But, nevertheless, this attempt set off a round of tit-for-tat killings, which developed into a full-blown conflict.

Machar, wearing a light-colored shirt, was greeted by ministers and diplomats as he stepped out of his plane, the AFP news agency reports.

"We need to bring our people together so they can unite and heal the wounds," Mr. Machar was quoted as saying.

Right now, the former rebel leader claims to have ensuring a permanent ceasefire and stabilization of economy as his top priorities. He also wants to ensure humanitarian access throughout South Sudan and to restore the state from the ruins of war.

He is now expected to head to the presidential palace to be sworn in as President Salva Kiir's deputy.

The civil war broke out over tensions between Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar, who was sacked as vice-president in July 2013.

The BBC's James Copnall in Juba says once the government is formed, donors will start stumping up money - crucial as the economy is at rock bottom.

However, it is not necessarily the end of the conflict as both sides have continued to clash despite a ceasefire signed in August, he says.

There are also rebel groups which have not signed the peace deal.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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