Dr. Riek Machar Sworn-In As S.Sudan Vice President

South Sudan rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar has this afternoon been sworn in as the country’s Vice President.

He becomes the first Vice President under a unity government with Salvar Kiir as President.

Machar returned to the capital Juba earlier today as part of the deal to end two years of civil war.

His return was earlier postponed twice, over disagreements between the Juba government and the SPLM-in Opposition over the number of guns and troops to be deployed in the capital Juba.

Machar’s return is seen by analysts as a key step towards restoring total peace in Africa’s youngest nation.