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South Sudan’s ruling party to hold an extraordinary convention next month


January 4, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), will hold its long-awaited extraordinary convention next month in order to review the party’s documents, almost 18 months since the country became independent.

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Dr. Anne Itto, head of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (AP)

The Deputy Secretary General of the SPLM, Anne Itto, announced on the state-owned South Sudan Television (TV) on Thursday that it was time for the extraordinary convention to take place, after the party had completed collecting the views of grassroots constituencies on the documents over the last six months.

The convention aims to review the party’s manifesto, constitution, basic rules and regulations as well as the code of conduct, Itto explained in a statement broadcasted on state media.

The situation, she further explained, was necessitated by the fact that the party now operates in a separate independent country and has to review documents, which were drafted when the two Sudans were still one country.

The party holds its national convention every five years with the last convention held in May 2008 during which the current chairman, Salva Kiir Mayardi, was confirmed to stand for the 2010 presidential election for, southern Sudan, which was then an autonomous region of Sudan.

Kiir won a landslide victory in the south but did stand for the Sudanese presidency, preferring to focus on securing his base ahead of the self-determination referendum in January 2011 where 98% of its people overwhelmingly voted for secession from Sudan.

South Sudan’s independence gained its independence in July 2011, with the SPLM becoming the ruling party and the SPLA - the armed wing of the the movement during the two-decade civil war - becoming the national army.

The second most-powerful woman at the SPLM’s secretariat said she briefed the party chairman, Pagan Amum, on the preparations to review the documents in line with the new reality, which she said is scheduled to take place in the first week of February.

The new drafts, she added, will soon be presented to the highest political organ of the party, the Political Bureau and then to the National Liberation Council which will finally be presented to the extraordinary convention for deliberations and endorsement.

She further said that President had assured that 2013 will be a year of unity and economic prosperity. The last year has seen widespread austerity measures and economic decline in South Sudan as the country lost 98% of its revenue due to disputes with neighbouring Sudan.

The world’s youngest nation has also suffer from border security issues with Sudan and internal problems caused by rebellions and cattle raiders despite disarmament campaigns over the past 12 months.

Itto further revealed that the leadership of the party will also hold a meeting next week from 7-9 January to acquaint itself with the views collected from the grassroots populations as well as review the relations between the party and the Communist Party of China.

The ruling party is also expected to hold its national convention in May this year to confirm its leadership that will compete in the 2015 general elections.


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  • 5 January 2013 06:34, by Whortti Bor Manza

    It is a good idea to hold political party conventions. This convention will never address the GROSS Failure and Hyper corruption by the SPLM. Please Madam Itto, think of getting rid of Salva Kiir, Riak Machar, Wani Igga, Pagan Amum, Anne Itto, and the whole SPLM secretariat. You are wasting time.

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    • 5 January 2013 07:13, by Mi diit

      The SPLM should be serious this time and act like a real political party instead of covering up some failures here and there. Dig out the sources of such failures. We are tired of the same old ways and passive so-called leaders who don’t stand up to make change. The May national convention should work for true change and lead this country to a better future. Weak leaders should vacate seats.

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    • 5 January 2013 07:18, by Dinkawarrior

      Dr. Itto you’re well-respected woman in the Party and in the whole South Sudan, regardless of corruption and tribalism in Juba. You’re representing women and minority group which is good for the new country. We wishe you the best and we are hanging around here, the party it future is in your hands. Please try to advise the Cowboy President to chose new advisors from Nation, not from family!

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      • 5 January 2013 08:08, by Dinkawarrior

        The bush mentalties need to be switch off in order for the democracy to survive, everybody in the country want to be a commander in the military community and politician at the same time. First of all, you need to get your ass out in military before running for the public office. This is reason why why we are in trouble, because they try to runn for office. If not elected then he fight as an army.

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        • 5 January 2013 08:30, by Dinkawarrior

          2015 is for the SPLM’s New faces, not Kiir or Riek. If they try to messed it up again then there will be more Yauyau or more Lam Akol. We respect you guys but not at time, you must take this pieces of advise seriously. Stop being so greedy for everythings, you didn’t fought this freedom alone. You must considered others as the heroes.

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      • 5 January 2013 18:57, by Ahmed Chol

        One of the key topics that should be addressed is the issue of TERM LIMIT.
        This needs to be added to the constitution. If this is not done, then South Sudan is doomed and is destined for tribal conflicts when one person or tribe rules forever. Those kinds of conflicts will destabilized the country when exploited by Arabs for their gains. South Sudan is still not out of the monster’s fangs.

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    • 5 January 2013 07:21, by Ayom Ayom

      I hope our party leaders(SPLM the political bureaus)should not repeat that concept of independent candidate,everybody should wait, follow the line and select only one. If you see that there is too much line in SPLM party, don’t be independent you rather form your own party now or joint other political parties.

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    • 5 January 2013 07:28, by dinkdong

      You are right man. Don’t forget to include the governors, MPs & ministers. Kuol Manyang, Malong Awan, Majak Agot among the rests must also go.

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    • 5 January 2013 10:27, by Machine

      I hope for the best that this convention will conventionally change the current political stand of the country;South Sudan. His Excellency the sitting president; First Leuternal General of military, commander-in-chief of the South Sudan defense forces, the longest serving deputy Chairman of SPLM/SPLA during the 21 years of war. Dr. Salva Kiir should retire and handover the leadership to fresh mind

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    • 5 January 2013 15:33, by Nyakuzuny

      yea brother who will be the leader of these people?

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  • 5 January 2013 06:45, by George Bol

    SPLM is the mother and father party in the South Sudan. Despite the elements that are yearning to taint the image of SPLM/A, we are monitoring the situation especially those spoilers that are working for self interest within the party. SPLM/A oyee

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  • 5 January 2013 07:03, by master

    what kiir said?
    Next year would be for what ?

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  • 5 January 2013 07:11, by dinkdong

    Corrupted party. I wish there’s a strong party to take over in 2015. Kiir and his fellow thieves governors & MPs, stealing millions of dollars from theirs country men, must go. They have been good for nothing. They cannot provide security or improve the nation economics.

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    • 5 January 2013 07:41, by Chol A.

      why do wish strong party to be present, you know the leadership and that is why call SPLA as corrupt party! just form your clean party and put your shit strategies in front of us we can elect you. what i can see from my fellows southerners are found of blam and hatred which are taken us no where. please am not supporting SPLA party but it leading party of our nation we can respect

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      • 5 January 2013 07:54, by dinkdong

        Are you telling me you are okay with how they have been looting the federal money? And don’t forget; they will continue to steal from you once they resumed the oil production.

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      • 5 January 2013 14:29, by Paul Chadrack

        If the fool members of SPLM elected kiir againg, they must forget wining 2015 general elections.it’s now enough for dictator kiir with what was looted by him

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        • 5 January 2013 18:55, by Ayom Ayom

          You Chadrack,
          Wash out from your mind, Salva Kiir and Riek Machar have to come back again, majority over minority votes, what will you do

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          • 6 January 2013 10:44, by Paul Chadrack

            Majority of south sudanese don’t like kiir, so what majority are you talking about?.

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  • 5 January 2013 07:53, by Gabriel KK

    Thanks Dr.Itto, SPLM as a mother party is losing public support rapidly because of corruptions,poor governance,insecurity,lack of accountability,greediness and many more. The party will lose many seats in the coming election unless you as leaders of the party do something to convince the public before 2015 election, otherwise it is going to be a bumpy journey for SPLM Party.

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  • 5 January 2013 08:03, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Good move to make the convention. But we do not need to heard Riek and Kiir be apionted against as front run leaders of south. They fail south people need miserably. others we need strong leaders next time 2015. not weak Kiir and Riek Tribal warlord again. others young leaders leaders are ok even if they are corrupted, they have better leadership that those two uncles.

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    • 5 January 2013 15:41, by Nyakuzuny

      Hahahaaaaaa Nguetbuny Deluelpiny brother you appointing one leader from these two Leaders Dr.Riek Machar and Salva Kiir Maydit. there is no any another body who will be the leader here in South Sudan without these two people , believe me brother According to Majority or Strongest Tribes in South Sudan .

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      • 5 January 2013 15:52, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

        yea brother Nyakuzuny you are getting the point man these two leaders , we will mention one person of these two leaders example , our good leader let us mention Dr. Riek Machar Teny To be the President of Republic of South Sudan. Spla Oyeeee! New Sudan Oyeeee ! New Nation Oyeee!Long Live Splm Long Live New Nation.

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  • 5 January 2013 08:41, by jaderik

    that is one way of going forward Dr Anne we always hard of convention but what come out of it does n,t bear fruits we are tire of corruption,nepotism n the family government that kill common citizens if you don,t conducts it in manner that will please us than you are losing people,we hve that hope with time to come more parties will come up becoz splm hve lost their manifesto of what ze fighting

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  • 5 January 2013 09:51, by pabaak

    How many conventions have passed since 1994, many went unrecognized because their goals are not clear, the only convention I think have achieved something to be reckon with is 1994 convention, because it had laid foundation to this freedom w’re in, may be because at that time there were no enough money in the bush. Now the party has another convention coming up. I want the party leaders to deeply

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    • 5 January 2013 10:04, by pabaak

      reflects back and see how and where they have disappointed the masses, you can sense the growing concern from the members that the party has abandoned its objectives in which was founded, you can see in the state and capital Juba that building of institutions stopped but individual, probably SPLM party cadres are building expressive houses and business places, houses is a priority or institutions?

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      • 5 January 2013 10:15, by pabaak

        and that always the expected results of country being run by one party system, I won’t be optimistic that one party system will correct itself as expected by its members,what I expected next few years if there no another strong party that can check the SPLM, there will be a growing of number of people running as independent candidates, which I see also is good for sake of democracy

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  • 6 January 2013 02:14, by Ito

    This is a great news indeed. I am 67 years old an spla veteran and for me it is a promising news. We struggle very hard together with brother commander samuel Ater who was area commander in Itang in Ethiopia to convene national convention for the movement. It was not easy for our late Hero brother Dr. Garang to accept but we manage to convince him and later on he appreciate the outcome. Thank you

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