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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (centre left) and then South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar stand during a rally in Bentiu, Unity state, south Sudan in this April 8, 2010. On a trip to New York in 2012, South Sudan’s then Vice-President Riek Machar dismissed fears of a military coup in his newborn country, saying such a move would be “unwise”. A year later, this former bush rebel turned politician is being accused by his former boss President Salva Kiir of attempting just such a power grab in the world’s newest state, which split from Sudan two years ago. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic/Files (SUDAN – Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS)