South Sudan Troops Pullback from Former Army Chief House
November 13, 2017 - After a weeklong standoff, South Sudan has withdrawn troops and armoured vehicles surrounding the former army chief’s house, ending confrontation that raised fears of clashes in the war-torn country’s capital, reports Al jazeera.
Army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said in a statement the army pulled back its troops late on Saturday after General Paul Malong agreed to reduce the number of his bodyguards.
Malong’s wife Lucy Ayak told Reuters by phone from Nairobi that her husband remains under house arrest but said the troop withdrawal is a "sign of peace." Ayak could not confirm if the reduction of bodyguards took place.
Malong led the army’s war effort against rebels from 2014, but was sacked and placed under house arrest this May after a fall-out with President Salva Kiir.
Last weekend, Kiir sent troops to disarm Malong’s bodyguards, but they refused. Kiir’s troops surrounded the house.
Malong is under US sanctions and has been accused, along with Kiir, by a UN experts panel of leading troops who murdered and raped civilians during the civil war.