South Sudan says foiled military coup   2013-12-16 20:15:52            

KHARTOUM, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan on Monday announced that it had foiled a military coup against the government plotted by its sacked vice president Riek Machar.

"The armed clashes which occurred last night and Monday morning were a military coup attempt planned by Riek Machar," said a statement by South Sudan's presidency, a copy of which was obtained by Xinhua.

"The situation has completely been controlled and the attempt failed," added the statement, noting that the incident is being investigated for full details.

In the statement, the presidency declared a state of emergency until further notice and imposed a curfew from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a. m. local time.


Armed clashes erupt in South Sudan's capital

KHARTOUM, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Violent clashes erupted late Sunday night in Juba, capital of South Sudan, between two groups both belonging to the presidential guard, according to the military.

"Violent clashes took place at the old military barracks in Juba town late Sunday night," South Sudanese army's spokesman Philip Aguer told Xinhua. Full story

Sudan's military campaign to uphold state sovereignty, protect civilians: president

KHARTOUM, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Saturday that the recent military campaign against the armed groups in volatile regions aimed to uphold the state sovereignty and protect the civilians.

"The recent security and military measures intend to reflect the ability of the state to protect the civilians and impose the rule of law," said al-Bashir at the Shura (consultation) Council of the ruling National Congress Party. Full story

Editor: Yang Yi
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