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July 24, 2013 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese public and key members of parliament on Wednesday gave mixed reactions to president Salva Kiir’s decision to reduce the size of the government and dissolve the entire cabinet, including his deputy.

President Kiir, in an executive order broadcast by state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Tuesday evening removed his deputy Riek Machar Teny from his position. Machar had recently expressed a desire to compete for Kiir’s position in elections planned for 2015.

In his capacity as chairman of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Kiir issued a separate order suspending the party’s secretary general, Pagan Amum.

A committee headed by James Wani Igga, the speaker of the National Legislative Assembly, will investigate Amum’s recent conduct in which he challenged Kiir’s decision to suspend two cabinet ministers implicated in a financial scandal, according to the broadcast.

Other members of the committee include deputy speaker of the National Legislative Assembly, Daniel Awet Akot, chairperson of the member affairs in the house, Mark Nyipuoc, Jonglei’s governor Kuol Manyang Juuk and Peter Bashir Gbandi, a member of the National Legislative Assembly.

According to the order, the investigation committee is tasked with establishing the facts and motive behind recent conduct of the SPLM’s long serving secretary general.

Reactions to the presidential order gathered by Sudan Tribune on Tuesday and Wednesday saw some people appreciated the president for reducing the size of his government, others protested against the president’s decision to relieve both his deputy and the Secretary General of the party.

Daniel Awet, the deputy speaker of the National Legislative Assembly, backed Kiir’s actions in an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

“The parliament will definitely stand by the decision of the president because this is a response to the public call to reduce the size of the current government so that it can effectively manage the current economic situation”, said Akot, a key member of the SPLM.

He called on South Sudanese citizens and government employees to go to work and carry out routine duties, describing the changes as a normal cabinet reshuffle. The under secretaries of ministries have been put in charge until the full reshuffle is completed.

"People should not panic. These are just normal changes. Everybody, whether from the private sector or in the government should go to work and carry out their normal duties as usual", said Akot.

Peter Bashir Gbandi, who represents Maridi county of Western Equatoria state in the National Legislative Assembly, said that removal and appointment of the cabinet members falls within the prerogative of the president.

“I don’t think there will be a problem because these are just normal changes. The president has the prerogative to dissolve and appoint new members he thinks would serve to the expectations of our people and in line with the vision and objectives of the SPLM”, said Gbandi.

But Daniel Ater Deng, a native of Jonglei said the president’s decision to remove his deputy and suspended the SPLM’s secretary general Pagan Amum is justified because it does not look good for members of the same political party to engage in power struggle before actual date of election.

"The decision of the president is justified. He has not been having good relations with his deputy and the secretary general from the start. They have been working as if they are not members of the same party. The vice president in particular, he has been behaving like a someone from a different political entity. He behaves as if he comes from the opposition group", said Ater.

But Gatkuoth Lul Gatluak, a native of Unity state believes that the decision by the president to remove his deputy was unjustified, because it requires the approval of a two-third majority in South Sudan’s parliament.

“I think the president is wrong and I am becoming concern of the way he is managing affairs of this country. He cannot remove the vice president because he was elected together with him. You know that he (vice president) was his running mate during the 2010 elections but the way he (president) has done it shows that our president is becoming a pure dictator and he will definitely push this country into a serious crisis very soon”, Gatluak told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

However, Gordon Buay Malek, a spokesperson for the South Sudanese rebels who laid down their arms in response to the amnesty issued by president Kiir in April, pardoning all armed groups and allowing them to return, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that the supported the changes.

“This is a very good move because it will allow the president to form a technocrat government. It will also show the seriousness of the president in combating corruption because most of the 75 officials accused to have taken public money were in the cabinet which has just been dissolved”, Malek told Sudan Tribune in Juba, three days after returning to the country after six years abroad.

Last year Kiir wrote to 75 senior officials asking them to return $4 billion in stolen government funds.

It was now time, Malek said, for the president to appoint young people with clear and clean records into the government instead of returning the same old faces with “murky and unclear records.”

“This will now be the opportunity for the president to bring into the government fresh blood. He should now appoint people would do the real work. People who are very young with the knowledge and energy to serve this country with pride and readiness to deliver with the national interest at heart as the priority. He should appoint people who are also popular in their areas”, he explained.

“I am not surprised of the removal of the vice president. I was expecting this to happen long time because there is nowhere a vice president would behave like someone from a different political divide and still expect to serve under the same leader. Dr. Riek Machar can now propagate his ambition to contest the SPLM chair with the president but not as a vice president again”, he said.

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  • 25 July 2013 07:52, by Akoch A. Magardit

    The recent presidential decrees are but not less than true test of a democratic government in South Sudan. Citizens and politicians have been singing many songs such as tribalism, corruption, loss of vision, etc. Now is the time to approve or disapprove of those songs. I think it’s the beginning of law enforcement and awareness to some folks that there is a chain of command and communication which

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    • 25 July 2013 08:00, by Deng II

      "Gatkuoth Lul Gatluak, a native of Unity state"
      Put your asshole together in Unity State. Where in the world deputy or V President behaves like a woman with her husband?.

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      • 25 July 2013 08:37, by Big Boy

        Unity state behvious are like Lakes state people’s children like adult, women...

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      • 25 July 2013 08:47, by Amin wol kuek

        I would like to say this and I will not say it again. whoever misunderstood this situation must put his/her shit together and be calm. this is not personal decision and president according to the transitional constitution of S. Sudan, he has right to put and to removed any one any time and this is what he did according to the law. lets mind our businesses and stop acting like an idiot.

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      • 25 July 2013 08:54, by Amin wol kuek

        1991 will not be forgettable. How could you kill people and again at the same time you start ruling them? this is bulshit. sorry to hear that but Riak, his time is over and 1991 remained in people mind, no reverse for this story.

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      • 25 July 2013 13:07, by Hongchany Jing

        @ Deng 2
        u don’t wanted the truth to be mention simply because u are Jaang?we know most of guys are the suporters of the corruption without putting in to consideration the development of the country,I know u very well and you must be from unity state. u can laugh now and later on will be turned in to sadness.

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    • 25 July 2013 08:02, by Mi diit

      True democracy or good governance is not about mere dissolution of government. It is about appointment of right people to right places. Incompetent Kiir has dissolved cabinet several times since 2005, putting more corrupt officials based on political closeness and nepotism. He leaves the most corrupt and sacks good people who he thinks are not supporting his tribal actions.

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      • 25 July 2013 08:11, by Mi diit

        The so called mixed reactions are not mixed at all. 90% come from the same mouth. How do you gather reactions from the members of the committee who are appointed by Kiir to investigate Pagan Amum. People like Awet Akot and Bashir Bandi. This is pure ignorance of bias.

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        • 25 July 2013 09:13, by Peter Mading

          I do not know what Mi dit means in your own language " Big root or Root of a bird?" Soon you will call yourself Mi Kor. You need not oppose something that has already happened. Your Man Riek has decided to quite SPLM and that’s why he criticized his boss and felt greedy not to resign and he waited to be sacked as it happened. What are you saying? Wait for your time (2015) Alright?

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          • 25 July 2013 09:20, by Peter Mading

            Mi diit, If you are "kanyama" Artist defender of Riek, you go and restore your dead party SSIM. That is very appropriate party for South Sudan and be headed by founder Riak Machar because, the list and seniority in the SPLM is too long for people who want to chop big resources of South Sudan. They will die before reaching there. I am not aware of whether Riek was elected in 2010. Stop dream.

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        • 25 July 2013 09:18, by Nibs

          Midiit,
          Honestly there is something wrong with your brain. This is what you said TODAY about ST ; "They have been telling black and white whether in khartoum or in juba. They are neutral and the best website that keeps neutrality." Now you accused them of being bias!?

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      • 25 July 2013 08:29, by George Bol

        stop making noise just do what you like. Say kac lor if you will stay in the south sudan. Food lovers have step on Jieng tails

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    • 25 July 2013 08:39, by Dinkawarrior

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
      Congratulations Mr. President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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    • 25 July 2013 09:13, by Mayom County Boy

      this is how Salva Kiir Mayardit Goverment will kill people who are supporting a wrong move,that deployement of army will stay there antill kiir appointed a vice president that may work together with him in instead of Dr Riek Machar Teny.

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    • 25 July 2013 22:43, by Dinkawarrior

      BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!
      Dr. Ceith Holocaust Traitor Machar Dead with Heart Attack and Stroke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 25 July 2013 07:57, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    we react alot for that dissolution, in the world no government can be dissole as whole.
    illitrate prisedent show his sicknes to the world.

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    • 25 July 2013 12:14, by julia

      Breaking News! Breaking News!
      Taban Deng Gai is admitted today in Juba medical complex with severe diarrhaoe! Dr. ve diagnosised that patient not taken something per oral for last three days! he is even severely dehydrated!

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      • 25 July 2013 14:44, by Mayom County Boy

        @Julia stupid Taban is in Doha for different process of trading /like clothes company ,he was in progess to bring some company in to south sudan.instead to lie that Taban was admitted in Juba Hospital

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  • 25 July 2013 07:57, by Akoch A. Magardit

    I respect the speaker of the SSLA with his deputy for managing the house of laws in the right manner. I have seen that not any member of parliament could just wake up one day and goes to the media and say things without the approval of the 2 top men. However, they need to scale up their actions in the assembly if citizens’ expectations are to be met.

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    • 25 July 2013 08:13, by Eastern

      Akoch, the parliament in Juba is the RUBBER STAMP of Kiir. There is no any debate going on in there. The speaker Wani is the chief comedian! The parliament is full of opportunists; people who are out there to make money only. Do you have that much faith in our national parliament?

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      • 25 July 2013 08:24, by Akoch A. Magardit

        @Eastern, Your point is right and that is why I only commended for having maintained one mouth in the assembly instead of many mouths talking unsubstantiated information in the media thus, creating misconceptions amongst the citizens. Otherwise, I indicated they need to do more in order to meet our expectations as citizens of South Sudan.

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      • 25 July 2013 08:25, by Akoch A. Magardit

        @Eastern, Your point is right and that is why I only commended for having maintained one mouth in the assembly instead of many mouths talking unsubstantiated information in the media thus, creating misconceptions amongst the citizens. Otherwise, I indicated they need to do more in order to meet our expectations as citizens of South Sudan.

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  • 25 July 2013 08:40, by Kenyang

    ISN’T HILARIOUS? SUDANTRIBUNE IS NOW RESORTING TO ’BALANCED REPORTS’ AFTER IT HAS BEEN MISLEADING DR. RIEK AND HIS GROUPS FOR LAST FEW MONTHS. AS I SAID, SUDANTRIBUNE CAN’T VOTE RIEK TO PRESIDENCY- ADVICE HIM TO FORM HIS OWN INEFFECTIVE PARTY. HE SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO SHIT ON SPLM, PEOPLE MOVEMENT HE WANTED TO DESTORY IN 1991 IN FIRST PLACE.

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  • 25 July 2013 08:51, by dude

    This is not really a government. The real government is coming very soon.

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  • 25 July 2013 09:00, by Diu Tut Deng

    Kiir should not feel that is a brilliant president while has created Constitutional vacuum to his state, Undersecretaries are not enough to be executives, he would be better if he were about to made them caretaker ministers before the formation of the new Cabinets, I know you are supporting this based on tribals, so let us see what fruits of killing ourselves yield.

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  • 25 July 2013 09:13, by Marco Bul

    "It is not in the world for the prezzo to disolve the cabinate"
    Go N ask John Luk Jok(Legal Affairs Min).Then come back N say it again.Education N Law of SS are different things.Unless u are advocating for "Fursa bitäna ashan na’kul" GO to Meluth coz if u don’t "riäng" there,u will never "riäng" mænë dong du!Wiae Gat maa

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    • 25 July 2013 10:11, by athoreyemodobong

      Get the rubbish out of the house,sort them out to get the good ones returned back for use and have the worst ones burn. The president has done his part and he will choose any good man for reappointment and leave the rest for both national and international courts to try them for the crimes of corruption and genocide they have committed against the nation.We stand by you KIir, Struggle Continues.

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      • 25 July 2013 11:29, by Dau-network

        What bothering us ordinary people! Let them sort out,either good or bad, they are the same officials who enriched themselves with public money, l wonder why some people takes it seriouswhile they are not benefiting us,only their children .even they will not back, their children can survive for 100 years while you are starving. Don’t let them use us ordinary to fight each other for individuals will

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        • 25 July 2013 16:29, by Panda Odhie

          Dau you are like me brother,mere citizens are barking at each other for no reason,you don,t ve good house ,no car ,no money ,school and you want to fighted bcz of Riek and other uncles who are in the list of relief cabinet,itis not agood move brothers from Nuer and Dinka noooooooo don,t increase ur poverty with death. it is chance to us ( fuurtha bitana Sabab) Kiir/Riek will not remain in this GVT

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          • 25 July 2013 16:37, by Panda Odhie

            Cont:for centuries others will replace them,who doesnot want to be a leader like them? Please Nuer`/Jang avoid historical background that is why the reason we don,t apprehend on gvt work,SS is not for Jang or Nuer.

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  • 25 July 2013 16:10, by Uncle J

    If they put a big bull mr. Risk Riek Machar to rule his own upper Nile he will not rule it genuinely apart from how he always criticised Kiir. To me his PHD qualification is all bullshit/rubbish I will never case my vote just because he is an intellectual...leadership qualities are borne with a person. Kiir will still defeat him even if they go into election head to head.

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  • 25 July 2013 18:14, by Kim Deng

    The ball is now in this laughing machine, Dr. Riek’s Court either to declare "Kac-lora," or let himself be slaughetered like a goat by the agents of the Dinka Kingdom.

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  • 25 July 2013 18:15, by American Missile.

    those who are removed have built many house,many cars,many wives and you who didn’t built anything. you want to fight for who? Youth should not be fool again by any politician who have wealthy.his children are well-educated whom they expect to continue their ruling and bad governed.

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  • 25 July 2013 20:16, by Ping Kediene

    Mr Gatkuoth Lul Gatluak, I guest you don’t (read, understand, interpret or even know about) the transitional constitution of Th Republic of South Sudan. HOMEWORK: Go and search for the article that gives either Parliament or the president to remove vice president. please express the something that you know, Kiir is not wrong in that process constitutionally

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    • 25 July 2013 22:44, by Dinkawarrior

      BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!
      Dr. Ceith Holocaust Traitor Machar Dead with Heart Attack and Stroke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 25 July 2013 23:23, by Kim Deng

    "Dear friends & fans, this is to confirm the news of my relief as the VP of the republic. Though I heard it in the news like all of you, but I wasn’t surprised. Please remain calm and be assured that our aspiration to lead this country to prosperity and stability won’t be intimidated by anything. We’ve chosen to handle everything politically and this is how we’re going to continue.”

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