Profile of South Sudan’s Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon

South Sudan’s Riek MacharRiek Machar Teny Dhurgon (born 1953) is a South Sudanese politician who had been Vice President of South Sudan from its independence in 2011 until his dismissal in 2013.

Machar obtained a PhD in mechanical engineering in 1984 and then joined the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005). Riek fell out with the SPLM/A leader John Garang in 1991 and formed a splinter group, the SPLM/A-Nasir. In 1997 Riek made a treaty with the Government of Sudan and become head of the government-backed South Sudan Defense Force (SSDF).

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