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Former Governor of South Sudan Central Bank Died in Kenya

Nairobi, October 30, 2014 (SSNA) -- Former Governor of South Sudan Central Bank (SSCB), Elijah Malok Aleng Deng, has passed away in Kenya. Deng died on October 30, 2014, in a Nairobi’s hospital where he was being treated for unspecified illness.

Sources close to the families of Late Deng disclosed that the Former Central Bank Chief was suffering from stroke and diabetes. However, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) could not independently verify the claims.

Brief Biography of Deng:

He was born on 28 November 1937 in Thianwong, a Pen village about five miles East of Baidit in Central Bor among the Angakuei clan. He attended Rialbek Bush School in 1949, where he passed at the end of the school academic year and he attended Malek Primary School (1950–1953), and then Juba Intermediate School and Juba Commercial Senior Secondary School, graduating He then atrtended Free University of the Congo, in the present Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and later got a scholarship to study in Fribourg Catholic University, Switzerland, from which he obtained a Masters degree in Economics in 1972 In 1975 he obtained another Masters in Development Studies and Economic Planning from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. He was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) representing Bor North territorial constituency in the regional parliament of Sudan in May 1982, a according to Paan Luel Wel’s blog, paanluelwel.com.

The ex-central bank Governor was also instrumental in shaping the guiding system of the SSCB.

Rebels Withdraw From Rupkoni: Spokesperson

Addis Ababa, October 30, 2014 (SSNA) -- Rebel forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in Opposition (SPLA-O) loyal to South Sudan's Former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, have withdrawn from Unity State’s main military barracks located in Rupkoni, Unity State.

The anti-government forces called the move ‘tactical’.

The Spokesman for the SPLA-in opposition, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, released a statement which he addressed to rebel supporters both in South Sudan and Diaspora. Mr. Koang also praised Major General Peter Gatdet Yak who commands all the rebel forces in the oil-rich Unity State.

“This is to inform our supporters at home and all over the world our Resistance Forces at 4:00pm embarked on Tactical Withdrawal from Rupkoni (Rubkona) main Military Barracks. This act was purely for military reasons deemed necessary by our brilliant Field Commander and Military Governor of Unity State, Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet Yak”, Gen. Koang declared.

Koang made it clear that South Sudanese rebels are in full control of Bentiu, the capital of the Unity State.

“…we are still in firm control of Bentiu town. Join me in congratulating our forces for having inflicted heavy casualties on Kiir's genocidal forces”, he announced.

This week, the South Sudan News Agency(SSNA) has reported a heavy fighting in Unity State leading to the capture of Bentiu by the rebels.

South Sudan Rebels Seize Bentiu

Addis Ababa, October 29, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rebels have on Wednesday afternoon (South Sudan local time) seized the capital of the oil-rich unity state, Bentiu, from the government troops.

The fighting occurred more than ten months after war broke out in Juba.

Bentiu had changed hands numerous times since the war erupted in late December last year.

Rebels military Spokesman, Brig. General Lul Ruai Koang, confirmed the seizure of Bentiu saying opposition forces have liberated Bentiu after government soldiers attacked their positions for two days.

“Our Gallant Resistance Fighters under overall command of Gen.Peter Gatdet Yak this afternoon liberated Bentiu town from Kiir's genocidal forces. In the last two day; the enemy has been attacking us 5km north and 7km south of Bentiu forcing our forces to return a barrage of fires in self-defense leading to the fall of the town”, Gen. Koang said.

“Our forces are consolidating their gains and pursuing these tribal militias towards Mayom and Pareng”, he added.

Koang also stated that Juba is funding the war from Upper Nile oil, and warned that anti-government forces are capable of launching a crippling blow against oil facilities if deems necessary.

Meanwhile, SPLA Spokesperson, Philip Aguer, called the fall of Bentiu a “lie”. Aguer further asserted that government forces took full control of the town after four hours of fierce battle.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and at least 1.5 million have fled the country as the fighting raged.

Peace negotiations are continuing in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, with little success.

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