April 26, 2016 / 4:36 PM / 4 years ago

South Sudan rebel leader Machar sworn in as vice president

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference upon arriving at the Juba International Airport, South Sudan, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jok Solomun

JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president, a Reuters witness said, after returning to the capital Juba on Tuesday for the first time since conflict broke out more than two years ago.

Machar resumes a post he held before the conflict erupted in December 2013. Kiir’s sacking of Machar as his deputy earlier 2013 had precipitated the crisis.

Reporting by Denis Dumo; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Dominic Evans

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