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Unrest In South Sudan Leads Uganda To Deploy Troops

The former vice president is a fugitive with renegade troops, and the prospect of civil war hangs over the world's newest country.

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The United Nations said Monday that up to 180,000 people have been displaced due to the fighting in December.

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Regional leaders have intensified efforts for a cease-fire to bring South Sudan's president and fugitive former vice president to the negotiating table, the Associated Press reported.

The deposed vice president is Riek Machar, who has called for a negotiated cease-fire that includes a way to monitor compliance.

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Uganda is a strong ally of President Salva Kiir and fears a forceful takeover of South Sudan, the AP reported.

Col. Philip Aguer, the South Sudanese military spokesman, said there was no major fighting over the weekend but tension remains.

Because "Machar has not committed himself to a cease-fire. We've not seen one." Pro-Machar forces still control Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity state, and renegade troops are poised to attack Bor, the contested capital of Jonglei state, according to Aguer.

Kiir (right) insists the latest unrest was sparked by a coup mounted by soldiers loyal to Machar (left) late Dec. 15.

Andreea Campeanu / Reuters

According to the AP, this has been disputed by officials with the ruling party who say violence broke out when presidential guards from Kiir's Dinka tribe tried to disarm guards from the Nuer group of Machar.

Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Adrian Carrasquillo at adrian.carrasquillo@buzzfeed.com.

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