Machar, South Sudan rebels to 'join' national dialogue
Thursday August 31 2017
Former South Sudanese vice-president Riek Machar. Reports say he is unable to communicate with the world, including his wife, without supervision. PHOTO FILE | AFP
Deputy co-chair for the National Dialogue, Mr Gabriel Yoal Dok says there is hope that the opposition leaders would send their representatives to Juba if unable to attend the talks in person.
Dr Machar has been in South Africa since last December. The former first vice president has been excluded from new initiatives to bring peace to South Sudan. His Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) is the biggest armed group outside the government.
The August 2015 peace agreement that is yet to be fully implemented expires in six months after which South Sudan should hold elections.