Salva Kiir, South Sudan president, replaces rival as vice president

July 26, 2016 11:03 AM

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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s president has installed a new first vice president to replace opposition leader Riek Machar, who fled into hiding this month amid clashes with government forces.

President Salva Kiir on Tuesday installed Taban Deng Gai, who had been mining minister in a coalition government formed in April after more than two years of civil war.

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