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A South Sudanese minister resigned on Friday, declaring his allegiance to the opposition led by exiled former vice president Riek Machar.
South Sudan descended into chaos in December 2013, two years after gaining independence.
A power struggle within the country’s ruling SPLM party between President Salva Kiir and Machar led to the ruinous civil war
Gen. Duop Lam -- the country’s labor minister -- was one of 10 members of the armed opposition to be appointed to a senior position in a transitional government of national unity under the terms of an August 2015 peace deal.
In a statement, Lam described the current administration as a “partial government of national unity” and said he gave his “full allegiance and commitment” to the SPLM/IO movement led by Machar.
He has also spoken out against Kiir, who he accused of a plot to assassinate Machar during last July’s fighting which forced the opposition leader into exile.
Under the terms of the August 2015 peace deal, 30 ministerial posts were split between Kiir and Machar, as well as other opposition parties. It was under this deal that Machar attained the position of first vice president.
But, after fighting broke out, Machar fled the capital and Kiir appointed a replacement from Machar’s SPLM/IO party, laying bare fractures within both the administration and opposition.
Catalonia police spokesman Josep Lluis Trapero added that a driver who mowed down crowds of pedestrians in the first attack in a busy Barcelona street Thursday could be among five suspects later shot dead in a nearby city.
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For his part, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told RTL radio that "the number of those who have been seriously injured may perhaps be even higher at around 17."
New York Police Department officials said the force would hold a press conference but declined to provide scheduling details.
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The pickup truck, which had an improvised white wooden trailer constructed over the back, was transporting them in "overcrowded and unsanitary conditions," said a state police report seen by AFP.
At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 injured when a driver deliberately slammed his vehicle into crowds on Barcelona's most popular street -- Las Ramblas -- in what police qualified as a "terror attack."
The van attack that mowed down pedestrians on Barcelona's most famous street on Thursday killing at least 13 people was the latest fatal assault on a European city.
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