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Riek Machar

South Sudanese Politician
Male
Born 1953

Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, is the first vice president of the independent Republic of South Sudan. 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.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1953 Birth Born in 1953.

THIRTIES

Riek 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). … Read More
1986 33 Years Old As Zonal Commander of Western Upper Nile, in 1986 he entered into an agreement with Baggara chiefs. Riek led forces that attacked and overran Melut in 1989. … Read More
1990 37 Years Old During the 1990's Riek skillfully developed support among the eastern Nuer, the Jikany and the Lou, taking advantage of SPLA unpopularity with the Jikany and drawing on prophetic tradition to make his case. … Read More
1991 38 Years Old …  Although seeking independence for South Sudan, the group received covert support from the Government of Sudan as it fought the SPLA between 1991 and 1999 in attacks that became increasingly violent and ethnically motivated. … Read More

FORTIES

1993 40 Years Old In September 1993, President Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya held separate talks with Garang and Riek Machar.
2000 47 Years Old …  In 2000 at a meeting of leaders in Koch he finally resigned from the government of Sudan and created a fresh militia named the Sudan People's Democratic Forces (SPDF). … Read More
2002 49 Years Old In January 2002 he signed an agreement with John Garang to merge the SPDF into the SPLA, and was given command of the Dok Nuer within the SPLA. … Read More

FIFTIES

2005 52 Years Old After the death of John Garang in July 2005, Riek Machar became vice-president of the autonomous Southern Sudan.
He became vice-president of South Sudan on 9 July 2011 when the country became independent.
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