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.
- 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.