Sudan Minister Says Riek Machar Left DR Congo, Now in Khartoum for ‘Medical Treatment’

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South Sudan’s former first vice president Riek Machar is in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, for medical treatment, the Sudanese government has confirmed.

In a statement to the official news agency (SUNA) on Tuesday, Sudan’s Minister of Information Ahmed Belal Osman said Sudan has recently received Machar for medical treatment, pointing he arrived in a critical health condition and needed immediate care.

However, Osman didn’t mention when Machr has arrived in Khartoum.

“Machar’s health is stable currently and he will remain in the country under comprehensive healthcare until he leaves to a destination of his choice to complete his treatment,” he added.

He said his country had received Machar on “purely humanitarian reasons top of which his need for urgent medical attention.”

Machar fled the South Sudanese capital, Juba, with his troops following the five-day fighting that killed close to 300 people and forced thousands others to flee to neighbouring countries.

President Salva Kiir later sacked him as first vice president and replaced him with Taban Deng Gai, a move that received international criticism.

Machar was reported to have gone to the Democratic Republic of Congo last week.

The Sudanese statement said that Machar is stable but will remain under medical in the country until he decides to seek more medical treatment elsewhere.