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Vol 55 No 1

Published 10th January 2014

South Sudan

From power struggle to uprising

The clashes between rival factions in the SPLA that started in the capital on 15 December are spreading alarmingly fast

The capture of Bor, about 100 kilometres north of Juba, on 18 December by troops loyal to General Peter Gatdet Yaka showed the political and military fragility of South Sudan. The attack in Jonglei by Gatdet's fighters, who had theoretically been integrated into the national armed forces, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, appears to have been triggered by the 15 December mutiny by SPLA fighters loyal to Vice-President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, who had lost many of his powers in July after publicly challenging President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

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