South Sudan opposition reject former detainees as 'outsiders'

South Sudan President Salva Kiir arrives for a political rally in Juba on March 18, 2015. South Sudan rebels say former political detainees are rank outsiders to the conflict, in what could complicate efforts to reconcile splinter groups in the ruling party. AFP PHOTO | ASHLEY HAMER |

What you need to know:

  • On Tuesday, the rebels met with President Kiir in Juba State House. But Riek Machar’s side, the SPLM-In Opposition, said the group no longer has influence on the search for peace in South Sudan.
  • The five men held powerful positions in Kiir’s government before the December 16, 2013 coup attempt that led to the current crisis.
  • Salva Kiir’s government had initially charged them with treason before Kenya and the international community prevailed upon him to drop the charges.

South Sudan rebels say former political detainees are rank outsiders to the conflict, in what could complicate efforts to reconcile splinter groups in the ruling party.

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