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FVP Taban say forces completely integrated into South Sudan army

South Sudans first Vice President Taban Deng Gai announces the dissolution of his party and merging it with the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM -IG) led by the South Sudanese president, during a press conference in Juba on May 7, 2018. (Photo credit: AKUOT CHOL/AFP/Getty Images)

August 15th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai has said that the integration of SPLA-IO forces previously under him into South Sudan army have been completed.

The First Vice-President made public the development during remarks to state-ran South Sudan Broadcasting Corporations (SSBC) on Wednesday evening following a meeting with President Kiir at J1.

“I came to express my appreciation and thanks to the President of the Republic, the Commander-in-Chief of the SSDPF [South Sudan People’s Defense Forces] and the Supreme Commander of other organized forces in the Republic of South Sudan for having completed the integration of the [SPLA-] IO forces,” Taban said.

He further hailed the development as an important steps into the creation of a unified South Sudan army.

“This is a big step towards the integration of the forces and the creation of one united national army, ” he added.

Following the collapse of 2015 peace agreement in July 2016 after fighting at presidential palace in Juba, a group of SPLM-IO senior political leaders nominated Taban to replace Machar as First Vice-President.

Afterward, Taban worked to mobilize forces previously led to Machar and a good number of them joined him and became to be known as SPLA-IO (TB) and since then have been on the process of integrating into the South Sudan army.

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