Sudan government stops Riek Machar from holding press conference
KHARTOUM (21 Sep.)
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The Sudanese government has stopped South Sudan’s armed opposition leader
Riek Machar from holding a press conference in Khartoum, a spokesman for
the Khartoum government said.

This comes after reports that the armed opposition faction led by Riek
Machar held its leadership meetings in Khartoum to discuss the ongoing
political crisis in South Sudan.

Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told Radio Tamazuj that they
rejected a request by Riek Machar to organize a press conference in
Khartoum. He pointed out that Machar is in Khartoum for treatment only and
that he is not allowed to conduct any political activities.

“Machar has made a request to hold a press conference, but we reject that,”
said Bilal. “Machar is not here to support his opposition group, he is here
for treatment, and he is not conducting any political activity,” he added.

 Bilal, who is also the government spokesman, said that they are waiting
for implementation of the security arrangements so Machar could return to
South Sudan.

 When asked about their threats to close the border with South Sudan, Bilal
said Juba reiterated its readiness to expel insurgencies from South Sudan.

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