Breaking: IGAD finally releases FVP Machar

Opposition leader and FVP Dr. Riek Machar and IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan Ismail Wais during a close door meeting (Photo: File)

(Thessherald)–The Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD has finally released the opposition leader and the First Vic-president, Dr. Riek Machar from his long-term house, the IGAD Special Envoy Dr. Ismail Wais announced on Monday.

According to the local media, the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan says First-Vice President Dr. Riek Machar is now a free man and should enjoy the full rights and freedoms of a South Sudanese citizen.

Dr. Ismail Wais says the SPLM-IO leader is no longer under house arrest and does not need to seek permission from the regional body to travel.

Ambassador Wais made the comments to journalists in Juba today. The IGAD regional bloc placed Machar under detention at his residence in Khartoum, Sudan in 2016, following the outbreak of violence, to limit his role in the conflict.

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