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The unexpected death of Garang, a towering rebel commander who became Sudan's vice president just three weeks ago, plunged into the unknown a peace process that had been moving tentatively forward.
Riots broke out in Khartoum, the capital, as suspicious southerners accused the northern government that Garang had long attempted to topple of orchestrating his death. "Murderers! Murderers!" demonstrators cried as they burned cars and threw stones.
The United States has sent two senior envoys to Sudan where a state of emergency has been declared after the death of the vice-president.
The two envoys have been rushed to Sudan after deadly riots that are believed to have killed at least three dozen people.
Connie Newman, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, and Roger Winter, special representative for Sudan, left for talks with officials in Khartoum and the country's south, the State Department said.