"Machar, who once harbored ambitions to replace Kiir, almost surely has sabotaged his political career by pushing for the president's unlawful removal. The best future for him now is to be the Nuer leader who led South Sudan away from the precipice of civil war. It's up to Kiir to be clever enough to take that walk with him," Bloomberg writes in an editorial.
"Having invested so heavily in South Sudan's independence, the international community will not stand by—and while responding to the humanitarian crisis should make it clear that long-term support and investment requires stable and accountable government. What is most depressing for South Sudan is that whether Kiir succeeds militarily over Machar or there is a negotiated compromise, the country is likely to become more autocratic," writes Alex Vines in the Guardian.