June 22, 2018 / 9:12 AM / 5 months ago

South Sudan rules out rebel leader Riek Machar re-joining government

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar arrives at the national palace to negotiate with South Sudan President Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudan offered to allow a rebel representative to join its government on Friday, but ruled out rebel leader Riek Machar, saying they had “had enough” of the man after five years of war against his group.

“Machar cannot be part of government”, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth told a news conference in the Ethiopian capital after President Salva Kiir met Machar there this week for the first time since a peace deal collapsed spectacularly, leading to the deaths of hundreds of people in the South Sudanese capital of Juba.

Reporting by Aaaron Maasho; Writing by Maggie Fick; Editing by Alison Williams

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