South Sudan rebel leader to return to capital to seal peace deal

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar is expected to return to the country on Wednesday, two years after he fled the East Africa nation to neighboring Democratic republic of Congo in 2016.

Machar is expected in the nation's capital Juba to celebrate a peace deal with his rival and President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir.

Machar's office said a joint
peace celebrations with Salva Kirr will be hold in Juba, though there was no immediate confirmation from the government.

"Machar will lead a delegation of the SPLM/A-IO members for the peace celebration in Juba but the program in Juba is entirely in the hands of the regime," group spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said.

Riek Machar had been under house arrest in South Africa until peace talks started again in June, sponsored by regional bloc Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

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