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IGAD denies responsibility over Dr. Machar’s “house arrest”

Dec 21, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — The regional bloc, IGAD, has denied allegations that its leadership has banned South Sudan’s First Vice President and the leader of the armed opposition, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, from traveling outside the country.

IGAD heads of state and government meeting during the extra-ordinary summit in Djibouti, December 20, 2020(Photo credit: courtesy image)
IGAD heads of state and government meeting during the extra-ordinary summit in Djibouti, December 20, 2020(Photo credit: courtesy image)

According to the latest communique of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) heads of state and government, the bloc has not imposed any travel restrictions on Dr. Machar within or outside the region as speculated by Machar’s sypporters.

“Underscored that currently there are no travel restrictions of any kind imposed by IGAD on the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Teny,” part of IGAD Communique reads.

The regional leaders held an important summit in the Djibouti capital, Djibouti, to deliberate on heated regional tension between and within the Eastern African countries.

On South Sudan, IGAD has acknowledged the progress on the implementation of the peace agreement that include establishment of the RTGONU, local and state governments, and also progressed on the peace talks in Rome.

“Congratulated the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity(R-TGoNU) and the parties for the commendable progress made in the implementation of the revitalized Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan(R-ARCISS).” Reads the communique in part.

“Recognized and applauded the progress made in the formation of state and local government structures, in particular the appointment of nine out of the ten state governors, as well as the agreement on the allocation of positions at the state and local levels, and called for the expeditious conclusion of the remaining appointment” The communique added.

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