SPLM-IO holds Liberation Council meeting in Khartoum
KHARTOUM (22 Sep.)

The SPLM-IO led by ousted South Sudanese First Vice President Riek Machar
on Tuesday held its Liberation Council meeting in the Sudanese capital
Khartoum attended by 45 members.

The meeting took place amid Sudanese government efforts to suppress media
coverage of the event. Sudan’s Minister of Information Ahmed Bilal Othman
said that they Riek Machar from holding a press conference about it.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj, a member of the SPLM-IO who preferred not to be
named said Riek Machar presented a report about his recent flight from Juba
and what he called the conspiracy made by Taban Deng Gai.

He added that the meeting discussed the replacement of members of the
Political Bureau and Liberation Council who had joined the defectors of
Taban Deng.

The same source confirmed that Machar held another meeting with members of
his Political Bureau in Khartoum, amid reports that Ramadan Hassan Lako,
the official in charge of the federalism file for the opposition, boycotted
the meeting and left to the Kenyan capital Nairobi without attending the
meeting.

Lako had been nominated recently by Taban Deng as presidential advisor but
he turned down the nomination.

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