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.


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


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