South Sudan opposition faction slams US over Taban Deng’s visit
NAIROBI (20 Sep.)

South Sudan’s armed opposition group led by ousted vice president Riek
Machar slammed the United States for receiving Taban Deng Gai, saying the
move shows that the US administration doesn’t have a clear solution to the
ongoing political crisis in the world’s youngest nation.

The armed opposition faction also criticized the United Nations for
allowing Taban Deng Gai to attend the 71st sessions of the United Nations
General Assembly.

 Gai, who was allegedly appointed in a controversial procedure to replace
Machar, left for New York over the weekend to represent President Salva
Kiir at the UN meetings.

Manawa Peter Gatkuoth, spokesman of the SPLM-IO faction, told Radio Tamazuj
that Gai’s participation in the UN meetings contradicts international
reports on human rights abuses and the UN Security Council resolution to
deploy regional troops in South Sudan.

For his part, Ateny Wek Ateny, South Sudan’s presidential spokesman, said
that the new First Vice President Taban Deng is a constitutional post
holder and that he will address the UN general assembly on behalf of
President Kiir.

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