Despite refuting allegations for the attempted coup, former S.Sudan vice President Riek Machar has told Aljazeera that he does want to be the country’s next leader.

Ever since the fighting that has lasted a week in South Sudan, a country considered to be the world’s youngest nations, forces loyal to machar have taken over Bor and the key oil rich city of Bentui.

The fighting has left hundreds dead and sent tens of thousands of people fleeing for protection in UN bases or to safer areas of the country, which only won independence from Sudan in 2011 but has been blighted by ethnic divisions, corruption and poverty.

The fighting has also led to foreign governments, including in Britain, Kenya, Lebanon, Uganda and the US, have been evacuating their nationals.

The fighting has ethnic and political dimensions, as troops loyal to Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, battle forces backing Machar, a Nuer.

Forces loyal to Machar are currently in control of Bor, the capital of Jonglei state situated about 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Juba, and although South Sudan’s army spokesman said government troops were advancing to retake the town.


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