World News of Fri, 17 Feb 20170

South Sudan minister defects to rebels

South Sudan Try South Sudan's three-year old civil war has displaced more than 3.5 million people

A South Sudanese minister has resigned from the country's unity government to rejoin the rebel movement led by the former Vice-President Riek Machar.

The minister, Gabriel Duop Lam, was appointed last year as part of a peace deal.

He initially did not join Mr Machar when he fled the country following days of fighting in the capital, Juba, last July, but has now changed his mind.

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The defection follows the recent resignation of a senior general, Thomas Cirillo Swaka.

Source: bbc.com

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