outh Sudan’s sacked Vice-President Riek Machar has left the country, weeks after his forces were involved in deadly clashes with government troops.

Mr Machar had gone to a neighbouring country, his spokesman said.

He had initially fled the capital, Juba, during the violence in July, demanding a neutral force be deployed to keep peace and guarantee his safety.

The fighting erupted less than a year after a peace deal was signed to form a unity government and end the civil war.

It was bodyguards for Mr Machar and President Salva Kiir’s presidential guards who fought each other, sparking days of violence in July.

Hundreds of people died and more than 100,000 fled across the border.

Rampaging soldiers are also said to have assaulted and raped women.