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Period of Mourning for Late Sudanese VP Garang

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The Sudan People's Liberation Movement has begun a period of mourning Tuesday for its late political leader, Sudanese Vice President John Garang.

Mr. Garang and 13 others died in a helicopter crash Saturday evening. Sudan's government issued a dusk to dawn curfew in order to prevent a wave of riots that erupted Monday in the capital, Khartoum, in reaction to news of the former rebel leader's death.

At least 36 people were killed during the violence.

Mr. Garang was a key figure in a peace accord reached earlier this year between the Sudanese government and southern rebels to end a 21 year civil war.

Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir, and General Salva Kiir, who was immediately elected by the SPLM to succeed Mr. Garang, have stressed that his death would not stop the peace movement.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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