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President Kiir forms constitutional review committee


January 22, 2011 (JUBA) – The President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, on Friday issued a Presidential decree forming a Constitutional Review Committee, chaired by the minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development, John Luk Jok, to review the current constitution of Southern Sudan as the region moves to statehood.

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Kiir speaks to the press on 8 Jan 2011 (Reuters)

Initial results from south Sudan’s referendum on independence show that the south is likely to secede in July this year. The referendum is part of a 2005 peace between north and south.

Though the terms of reference for the committee is not yet revealed to the press, the 24-person committee’s activity is believed to be part of implementation of the resolutions and recommendations of the Southern Sudan political parties conference, which brought together almost all of parties in the south.

The conference was called by Kiir in an attempt to unite the south politically ahead of the referendum.

One of the main resolutions of the conference, as well as fresh elections after independence, called for a constitutional conference after the referendum.

The ruling party in the South, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and all the southern opposition political parties agreed on a roadmap in October 2010 to guide the region for future governance after the referendum.


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  • 23 January 2011 06:50, by Bol Deng

    These are candidates after independent of South Sudan.
    1) Lam Akol
    2) Riek Machar
    3)Joseph Lagu
    4)Bona Malual
    6)Riek Gai
    7) George Athor

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    • 23 January 2011 07:14, by Gatwech

      Dear readers,

      It looks as if Salva Kiir Miyardit is just reacting to the statements of Dr. Riek Machar which I read the other day on Sudantribune about the need for good governance and immediate implementation of parties conference resolutions.

      That is very good.

      But assume that the membership of that Constitutonal review committe should include all the parties in the South.

      Good that John Luk is chairing it becuase this is a man of principles who doesn’t easily go by the wind of power. He is a legal minded leader.

      Bravo Kiir but do it the right way!!!

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      • 23 January 2011 08:14, by Mach Achiek


        It was agreed during the political parties conference about the need to review the constitution and the interim government after the referendum.

        It has nothing to do with Riek Machar, in fact Riek was also a part of that conference. Mr Gatwech, don’t be too complacent about Riek political future

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        • 24 January 2011 02:10, by LL Reuben

          Riek Machar and Salva kiir are in the same boat; it doesn’t matter who says what and who does what. They will be judge the same. Little nyagat Nya-witch need to back down with his usual premature praisings to his boyfriend Riek Machar.

          Long live the patriots of the South!

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      • 23 January 2011 10:55, by Marco A. Wek

        Gatwech, why don’t you just become the last wife of Riek Machar so that you could cheer him all the time when he comes up of the South Sudan government agenda?

        Remember Dr. Riek Machar is the second man to Salva Kiir Mayardit and according to how things work in any country on earth work, it is the president that runs the country and not the other way around.

        You are so sick of blinding support of Riek Machar to the extend that you are living in a sea of lies and self misleading. I am sure even Dr. Riek’s wife does not blindly support him the way you do. Back up a little bit and next time remember to give the credit of whatever have been said to the government of South Sudan. Remember this brother once failed to convince international community to support his movement when he broke away in 1991 and so he was forced to join our enemy. Do you think such a personal would be anyhow smarter than those who stayed behind and had their well done job accomplished?

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      • 23 January 2011 15:18, by Sudani Logik

        Gatwech, you are so misguided by your bias! You need help brother...

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    • 23 January 2011 07:24, by choldit

      Tribalists will keep on trying to destory credibility of chrismatic leader like Dr. Riek Machar but for sure they will never succede because he (Dr.Riek) is the reason why we have achieved this referundum.

      This chapter (system of categorizing South Sudanese base on tribalism) is nearly over but the next one is to stop this who leverage on it and for South Sudanese to invest on leaders like Dr. Riek Machar.

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      • 23 January 2011 11:14, by Marco A. Wek

        If you think he is, he would have won hearts and minds of Southerners in 1991 and that he would have not gone to work for Omar Al Bashir and his National Popular Defense and so I do not know which credibility you are talking about.?

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    • 23 January 2011 10:34, by Nhomlawda

      I hope the committee will review the constitution and enshrine strong powers for anti-corruption and Judiciary to prosecute any case of corruption and any other misuse of offfice in the next government.

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    • 23 January 2011 10:43, by Nhomlawda


      Hahahaha, what an incredible mockery.
      Any government led by any of those figures is not a peoples’ government and cannot even be conceived leave alone materializing.

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    • 23 January 2011 15:47, by Deng Alier

      To president of Goss (Salva Kiir Mayardit):

      Dear:president its momentous and privilege to the people of South Sudan that,you where given to the people of South Sudan to be the eye of the blind community ,whom you are leading them in the right channel as everybody eying you to be the only man who will opened way to freedom of any human being in the South as you have begin with the greater future of South Sudan by forming the committee of constitutions review ,which included all opposition parties in South Sudan to be in the review of constitutions ,as we growth up within SPLM /A ,had let us understood the objectives of SPLM.

      I will continues with my congratulations to you and said, let God maintained you and we shall enjoyed our happiness in the nearest future.

      Not only that ,your administration styles have pleased the world as many countries are now predicting that administration of South Sudan will be better than that one of North Sudan ,because of the moved you did to called upon all the oppositions and forgives rebels group who rebelled against SPLM ,you forgiven them and welcome every party to the conference which have solved most of the problems between SPLM and different political parties in South Sudan .
      You and your subordinate have defeated arabs politically event now your political standard will let us proud of you .

      back to the comment ,am with government of South Sudan for united South Sudan.

      May God bless our young nation .

      Deng Alier in South Sudan not every far from South -North border .

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    • 23 January 2011 16:21, by Tambura

      You forgot to put my name Tamboura

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  • 23 January 2011 07:00, by Anyang

    Either of them will not get my vote.

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    • 23 January 2011 07:28, by Abionmur!

      It is a great move for Salva Kiir to appoint the constitution review board.
      The rule of law and democracy is what our newly born country need dearly at the moment.

      Gatwech, decisions are not made overnight but they are planned and released to the public at the appropriate time due.
      Dr Machar as vice president has his own plans which are akin to Salva Kiir’s since they run the same government.
      By Saying that Kiir was just reacting to Riek’s recent comment is not logical.
      Whether it was Riek who first make the similar sentiment is immaterial.
      What matters is that they agree in principle in what they are feeding the public.
      I urge you to comment maturely and rationally without bias in term of how you view the two.
      They may be hailing from our tribes but we need to view them as national materials.

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    • 23 January 2011 09:11, by gramdiet

      Tell me why not?

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  • 23 January 2011 09:24, by peter marko

    What about the head of our potential state? Slava kiir as our president and the head of the rulling party has every right to seek the splm nomination.

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  • 23 January 2011 12:53, by Liberator

    It’s time to limit the governing by decree of the president with the exceptions only in the extraordinarily circumstances like in war or natural disaster whereby a president can exercises such power. It’s time to give new elected legislature powers so that they could enact legislation based on what people wants not on president’s desires. and I would like all the appointed officials to through rigorous confirmation process, the same process here in the United States where the senate confirm or rejects the nominee of the president based on his/her qualification among other things. Moreover, It is also time to confirm top military officials from Brigadier to General who are promoted by the president and then would be go through the same process through our elected legislature body as well.
    Finally, I would like to see all parties included on this constitutional review process, and may be abolished or amend or even do away with the current interim constitution altogether and start with the clean slate. And afterward put the final document up for referendum so that it could be ratifies by all citizens in all Southern states. A document we could finally call, a people’s constitution.
    Just abolished the current government and have the transitional government for a period of Four to three months starting July 10. No more one, two or three years transitional period...We had enough of six years interim.. Immediate elections for all the post includes the presidency and county commissioners too, after the end of the above stated transitional period will be the only solution to get us out of the mess we find ourselves at the moment.

    To all our fallen heroes & heroines would be proud if we did.!!!!!! God bless people of South Sudan.

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    • 23 January 2011 13:44, by Nasreldin

      You will never form a healthy country... Go to hell.

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      • 23 January 2011 15:15, by Sudani Logik

        Oh, poor Nasreldin is upset, somebody give him a hug...

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        • 24 January 2011 01:33, by Deng E. Manyuon

          Mr Sudani Logic

          Your sympathetic response to poor Nasreldin was very impressive. I think that is the only way to approach moody people like him in the North. Breaking up of the country is touching others heart and is hurting others badly!

          The only sad thing is that we’ve got a very few people in the South like Gatwech who are out of touch. Brother Gatwech in some cases he posts a very convincing argument to this forum, but in other case his postings are out of touch. His tribal and blind support to Riek Machar has exceeded his limit. And I do agree he might be needed some help...
          Mr Gatwech has forgot that there are people out there who are non-Nuer and are giving full respect to Riek Machar as the Vice President of the South, but with Gatwech poor and tribal judgement of things will prompt them to distant themselves from Riek respect. What alas!!!

          Keep it up


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    • 24 January 2011 02:10, by Liberator



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  • 23 January 2011 16:37, by Tambura

    Guys all names above are just like Turabi and Sadiq in North. We need new faces and new people to lead us in new country South Sudan.We are proud of our president Kiir others whom lead us for freedom, but we need new people with new ideas for development of our new country. As you can see my name Tambura is new my face you didn’t see it yet but old member of SPLM.

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  • 23 January 2011 18:05, by Gatwech


    In the list you have forgotten the following:

    1) Salva Kiir
    2) Kuol Athian
    3) Elijah Malok
    4) Nyandeng de Bior
    5)Pagan Amum
    6) Wani Igga
    7) Deng Athorbei

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    • 24 January 2011 05:52, by LongTweng

      It was you who forgot those important candidates, woe to you.
      Now, your list is full of nyigatins:
      1) Lam Akol=dead candidate and a traitor from the south.
      2) Riek Machar= shameful candidate for the south.
      3)Joseph Lagu= near his grave in the south.
      4)Bona Malual= another dead dreaming traitor candidate from the south.
      6)Riek Gai= an idiot who will not see the seat of presidency.
      7) George Athor= a mad soldier seeking to succumb.

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  • 24 January 2011 01:33, by ayor

    Hey guys stop going back and forth praising Dr. Riek as if he’s a hero, he must be a hero if we infact happened to label those who had committed crimes amd attrocites as heroes. Let him just work peacefully such that to relief himself from his past mischief in case to get recognized and be forgiven. And so, even if we for give him, the perishable-number of (victims) the civilians he has killed won’t forgive.

    So let him do his job as our beloved vice president without appraising his well did at this critical movement of hardships because he might go crazy and blow it up, i mean the anticipated secession of our beloved awaiting nation, thinking that what he does is always the best.....and comparision to few individuals whom are still babbling and clinging to the so-called (1991)as if it was a perfect uprise, but not knowing that it was delusional for having taken thousands of southerners lives from both nuers and dinkas instead of using that force toward our common eneny.

    Matter of fact, the verity vision to claims is Dr john Garang’s vision since his vision was such a clear and pure and far from any evil associate, because his aim was to liberate and free all the marginazed people from every corner of sudan and after he failed achieving it when his party (spla) was weakened by the nasir faction (ssim) who deserted the (spla) and joined the khartoum goverment to fight against the (spla) when it was almost at the point of capturing Juba.

    In that case, Dr. John shifted to his plan "B" of which brought us the (CPA) that he signed in 2005, i will attributed to him and so do every hardcore (spla) members since the inception of it to the present, not talk of deserters.

    Finally, i will remind you one of his quotations: he said, when you are asking for something, start with something greater or the entire thing and you will eventually end up getting half of its share, and if you start it with something smaller then you will automatically end up getting nothing at all----this remind me of his new sudan vision he was aiming at and since he went unsuccesful on that, he ends up getting a portion of the whole sudan through (cpa) on which he reiterated that, if you want to vote for unity and be a second class citizen then it’s your choice. So where the hell is Riek vision from here, stop visualizing criminal vision as visionary, tired those hoodwinkers!.

    By Ayor Sodit. Formerly Red Army’s member in Ethiopia. Tryina holla then get at soditson@yahoo.com.

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