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South Sudan's military chief dies during Egypt visit

South Sudan's military chief dies during Egypt visit”

Paying tribute to him on Facebook, the government-owned publication described the army boss as "a man of enormous integrity and courage with ironclad liberation credentials".

He died on Friday morning in Egypt where he had been taken for treatment.

Analysts say the departure will set stress on South Sudan President Salva Kiir to produce decisions about his ruling coalition.

Kirr is yet to name Mawut's successor.

"We join you in grief and pray that God's peace be with you all during this hard moment".

Alan Boswell, a South Sudan analyst for Small Arms Survey, " says Kiir has driven out former allies in the latest years since he "focuses power in fewer and fewer hands".

JUBA, 29 April 2018 [Gurtong]- The government of South Sudan has declared three days of official mourning and ordered all South Sudanese flags to be flown at half-mast.

The 2015 peace agreement to end the conflict was weakened after the outbreak of renewed fighting in July 2016.



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