12 Things You Didn’t Know About South Sudan’s First Vice President Riek Machar

Written by Keren Mikva

Riek Machar, the first vice president of South Sudan, has gone into exile after forces loyal to his party began fighting again with loyalists to President Salva Kiir and the South Sudanese government. Tensions are extremely high as political upheaval, continued violence, and uncertainty about the legality of new appointments within the cabinet abound. Machar continues to serve as an instigator of debate. As South Sudan teeters on the edge of yet another civil war, here is an inside look at Riek Machar and the unfolding controversy.

Sources: SwissInfo, BlackStar News, BBC, Al Jazeera, Sudan Tribune, Radio TaMazuj, Wikipedia