Skip to comments.Renegade vice-president denies South Sudan coup after fighting claims 400 lives
Posted on 12/18/2013 4:38:56 AM PST by Pan_Yan
South Sudans fugitive vice-president has denied mounting a coup after three days of fighting in the capital of the worlds newest countryclaimed at least 400 lives.
Riek Machar, who was formally sacked as vice-president in July, said the clashes were caused by a misunderstanding and no attempt had been made to overthrow President Salva Kiir.
The clashes began on Sunday night when military bases in the capital, Juba, were attacked. On Monday, Mr Kiir appeared in military uniform and said that his government had foiled a coup. The president has been locked in a power struggle with Mr Machar, reflecting tensions between their respective Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups.
Fighting has since spread beyond the capital, raising fears that South Sudan, which achieved independence in 2011 after five decades of struggle, could suffer a renewed civil war.
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