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OPULENCE AMID VIOLENCE: SOUTH SUDAN’S GOV’T SPENDS $16M ON CARS FOR MPs

Many South Sudanese have expressed anger at their government’s decision to give all 400 MPs an amount of $40,000 each to buy cars for themselves.

A presidential spokesman has defended the $16m expenditure, saying MPs could not be expected to “use motorbikes”.

Critics say this attempt by government is to reward MPs for voting to extend President Salva Kiir’s term to 2021 two weeks ago.

More than half South Sudan’s population is threatened with starvation – the food crisis is blamed largely on the conflict which broke out in 2013 between forces loyal to Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy, Riek Machar – and an estimated 3.8 million people have been forced to flee their homes .

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