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October 11, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar Teny, has called on the European Union (EU), as well as the wider international community to support ongoing efforts on democratic transformation processes and preparations for the upcoming 2015 general elections.

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South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar (Photo Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

Machar, who is the first deputy chairperson of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), made the appeal on Friday during a meeting at his residence in Juba with an EU delegation, led by the special representative to South Sudan, Rosalind Marsden.

His press secretary, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune that the two-hour discussion touched on several issues that constituted challenges in the country.

A consistent advocate for the introduction of democratic principles throughout South Sudan’s decades-long liberation struggle, Machar has since declared his intention to contest for the party’s chairmanship and the presidency.

He has been mobilising support within the SPLM to unseat the incumbent chairperson, Salva Kiir Mayardit, in the party elections due to take place during its as yet unscheduled third national convention.

Machar has spoken critically of what he calls a tendency towards dictatorship in South Sudan, warning that the new country remained volatile and that society risked being polarised unless it was founded on solid democratic principles, such as free and fair elections, that would not give room to discontent and violent conflicts.

He said the 2010 elections, which consequently produced rebellions, some of which continue to date in Jonglei state, is an example of how poor democratic practices can lead to unrest and instabiity.

He said a credible election for 2015was vital for the country’s future, calling on the EU to provide financial and logistical support to help build a solid base for democracy and political stability in the young country.

Machar has expressed concern that some South Sudanese leaders merely pay “lip service” to democratic ideals, while at the same time shying away from actually implementing its principles, adding it was therefore a collective responsibility involving the international community to help put South Sudan on the right path.

SPLM AND ANC TO REACTIVATE MoU

Machar also commended a recent visit by the leadership of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), saying the ANC delegation had shared important experiences with the SPLM on transformation processes during a two-day seminar in Juba.

He explained that the delegation, led by ANC deputy chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa had conducted fruitful presentations and discussions with the SPLM leadership, which was attended by both Machar and new vice-president James Wani Igga, as well as members of the political bureau and the national liberation council.

Ramaphosa provided insight on issues likely to confront transforming political parties, as well as how to rise above such challenges, citing the ANC as a good example.

Kiir was not in attendance at the two-day seminar but was reportedly later briefed in his office on what transpired during the party-to-party interactions by deputy secretary-general Ann Itto and the visiting delegation.

The SPLM and ANC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2009 on party-to-party cooperation based on the sharing of experiences.

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  • 12 October 2013 07:56, by Chol A.

    Ahaaa, Ooop! Dr. Hopeless can Au you propose s.Sudan you have to worry about your 1991 atrocities don’t worry about democracy election yet Mr hopeless.

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    • 12 October 2013 08:09, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Hypocrisy and hopelessness, how bad the heartbroken jobless nyagate tried to be a bitch like that stooge failure Zimbabwe position leader Tisvangria, , tell pot Nyuon that you can bring EU bitches to our land when you shameless marry to them but not in our country politic, also the mouthpiece Gadat Dak is back with his propaganda again, both jobless nyagat must find another way to make money,

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      • 12 October 2013 10:47, by Bentiu son

        Bravo Dr.Machar our hope is on you, your good vision brought us independence South Sudan and your firm stance for democratic principles will bring us soon free and fair democratic society in RSS whether by ballot boxes or live bullet comes 2015 National Election.It is obvious now that those who use bark at you are all sons/daughters of thieves engineering from Rek of Warap whose dads n uncles feed

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        • 12 October 2013 10:58, by Bentiu son

          them with our Upper Nile n Unity States’ oil revenues.We entire South Sudanese fed up with authoritarian system under dictatorship Salva Kiir who killed Dr.John Garang,Geoorge Athor Deng,Isaiah Abraham,Gatluak Gai and late Tangoon of Bakhita Radio Reporter recently in Juba.Despite,the resistance of those crooks,betrayers, traitors n submissive groups Kiir’s days is numbered.

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        • 12 October 2013 16:20, by adamu

          to our people is having the right person to lead us and our country that is longing for the dreams that our forefathers had fought for period. And let us begin lobbying for him and let them people keep on barking and let us keep on working for our brother.

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        • 12 October 2013 19:58, by Elijah B. Elkan

          Mr. Bentiu Son,
          I read all your comments, and it has everything to do with one particular tribe and you know it. Using coded language will not help your argument. Now let’s talk about Dr. Kill (Machar) Patient. Machar should be charge with the crime against humanity-1991. March is nothing but a butcher, who killed women, children and the old. Machar is inept, only weak minded subjects will follow

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          • 13 October 2013 08:43, by Bentiu son

            Son of whore aka Elijah B. Elkan, Whom among those comanders of SPLA had no blood record? Your godfather Salva Kiir massacred Murle in Nader area,1992, Topasa, Didinga 1997 n recently Murle in Jonglei 2013 leave alone killing of Dr,Garang, George Athor,Gatluak Gai, Isaiah Abraham n Tangoon.My friend the madness n chronic hatred created by Dinka Bor in Jonglei shouldn’t by label to Dr.Riek.

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    • 12 October 2013 08:34, by Mi diit

      Kiir is being screwed up and done!

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      • 12 October 2013 10:58, by Xeno

        Riek Machar is being screwed too by WHITES WHORES, call them CONCUBINES if you want.

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      • 12 October 2013 21:06, by George Bol

        Riek Machar was lucky to be VP in the S.Sudan. Talking about 2015 election at this time make me think that Riek is a hopeless person.2015 is too far.But who will bring riek to contest? None. If he went for independent then that may be option but too dangerous for him. I think the guy has done politically. he can not afford another incident other he will be darkness for ever. mark that

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        • 13 October 2013 09:18, by Bentiu son

          George Bol/Ruweng boy,what a flatering son of Jangee/slave? Dr.Riek Machar deserved the VP n Presidency seat becoz he had done his required national srevices in South Sudan History.Dr.Machar initiated the name SPLA/M two years after Addis Ababa Agreement together with his mates: Dr.Lam , Nyachigak Nyashilluk and lastly late Dr John Garang joint them in 1974 when he was the Chairman of Sudan

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          • 13 October 2013 09:31, by Bentiu son

            African National Front(ANF)whereby Dr.Lam was his Deputy n Nyachigak was Secretary General.Second,Dr.Machar joint the movement 1984 and comanded the following battalions,Gol, Wolf,Tiger,Timsa,Jamus where he captured Melut,Adok,Leer, Koch,Wang Kai,Mankien,Duar and Mayom towns.Third, Dr.Riek was the only commander who brought Nuba Mt boys to movement those of Yusif Kuok Meki,Yusif Kara,and Adam Hill

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            • 13 October 2013 09:45, by Bentiu son

              Fourth,Dr.Machar changed the unachievable poor vision of Secular United Sudan under theme’New Sudan’to independence South Sudan via self determination referendum we enjoy today in 1991.Finally,Dr.Machar is now waging Democratic and Human Right war with dictator n anti democrat/good governance Salva Kiir Who has no vision to run the country smoothly except corruption,tribalism/nepotism or clanism

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    • 12 October 2013 10:53, by R@in Deng

      Dr Machar;
      How do you called AU if you know the right of the people?
      You will not give sigle card of vote from us except your rebel. Every one know himself even those who are not yet study the school. We underline/know your polite. Your polite will not win the election 2015. Fuck Rebel!

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    • 12 October 2013 13:05, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Three objectives that split the party in 1991 are 1. Self Independent. 2. Democracy and the 3. Human Right. We achieved Independent but we remain with 2 to go. Warning to those who will stand on our way to prevent these two remaining objectives to prepare for ballot or bullet. If you was born after 1991 please ask your elder brother or uncle how it was and compare to what will happen

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      • 13 October 2013 15:31, by Konkooc

        before murder of 1991 was not chased from vp, nuer use to intimidate that if riek is chased we will fight, when he was chased nothing happen. now they are barking for 2015 election and the same thing will happen to them. this tiny nuer will do nothing to mighty Dinkadit we fuck all nuer ass at this time is not 1991. this is a Nation

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    • 12 October 2013 13:53, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Riek can be good in the ministry of information, if he and Gatdet Dak will not go and stab us at the back. Makuei will not do good in that position.Marial and Makuei need to switch positions for the sake of the country’s image.

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  • 12 October 2013 08:04, by Mi diit

    Bravo Dr Machar!

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    • 12 October 2013 08:14, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Midit, you still don’t get it do you? Look around and see 30 to 45 years that Kiir and Kuol will rules, the south Sudanese apart from Nuer are supporting them even majority of Nuer sub clan support Kiir leave alone might Monyjeing with millions of people to vote for them, just find out why Kiir picked Kuol. Ask Riek about it, chances of him are limit, unless mercilessly happened which has no bases

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      • 12 October 2013 08:21, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Can nyagat fired jobless dog talk about democracy too ? Waw Dr john varna once says that " Democracy has been misunderstood even the devil can talk in the names of Democracy" this was in the relation to nyagat pout Nyuon surrendered to Khartoum cry for democracy and when bashir cheat him, he change the his motto to self determination before reaching Nairobi, nyagat will never rule unless we dead,

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        • 12 October 2013 09:01, by viper

          I thought that the so called Dinka dog was died of happiness when Dr Riak was relieved from hid post since he was suffering from Riakphobia. This time around, there should be no rigging of votes and Iam sure that the drunkards will be crucified by votes..

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          • 12 October 2013 09:08, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            Ah ah hopeless silly viper, I thought you were dead from heart attack after we fired your nyagat father in our government, and yes sure I was happy and still happy he is no longer a Vice shit, but yet until he is dead, I will quit criticism, no chance for him now and I hope you file a divorce case with your mum good lack with your heartbroken feeling dog,

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        • 12 October 2013 11:12, by Bentiu son

          Dinka Dominated corruption,What sort of surrender are you talking about idiot? Look,last year, your whisky President Kiir betrayed his country by signed a fake September Agreement with Bashir in Addis Ababa where he sold away 14 Miles in North BEG, Jooda in Upper Nile n Afar El Nass in W.BEG to Khartoum what sort of cheating are you taliking about son of Jaange?

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      • 12 October 2013 08:42, by dude

        U mean 30 to 45 days. You will see with your own eyes
        in your face

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      • 12 October 2013 08:43, by Pure Nationalist

        South Sudan is for all S. Sudanese and shouldn’t be seen being led in backward & primitive ways without regard to rule of laws as practices by Khartoum and current Juba, its going to course another 1991 if you like because 1991 has resulted into independent like wise what comes in 2015 will result in true democracy. Let the so call Dinka SPLM Damn see the issue of his home( Abyei) as he disclosed

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      • 12 October 2013 09:05, by jijury

        Idiot Dinka dominated SPLMA, stop dreaming about Salva and Kuol leading south Sudan for next 30 TO 45 years. Your mother ex-lovers will not reach 2015 in the office. Machar will teach them another lesson like what he did 2 Dictator your coward King Garang in1991. This time Nubians are not coming 2 rescue your behind those fake Ugandans will be kick out along with your King Salva by South Sudanese.

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        • 12 October 2013 09:16, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Jinjura, or beans, you can’t believe untill you die so why bothered, the deal is done, 40 to 60 year are for Kiir and Kuol, or we will replace you under detaintion without trail again? We are going to use those we releasted last week. Whore can not believe his divorces with husband untill they no longer sleeping togather, So you have a right not believe me, ah ah heartbroken political orphan

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          • 12 October 2013 20:53, by Active man

            DD I think u are stupid,do you think Gen.Tang, Gatwech Dual,Mabor Dhol n Gatwech Jock should be use to kill their own people no your trick are all encounter n known south Sudanese ’ll choose their beloved leader by vote.forget about rigging.

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    • 12 October 2013 10:42, by R@in Deng

      Mi diit:
      I feel wake when i had rebel congratulated themselves.
      Fcuk Them.

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  • 12 October 2013 08:35, by Angelo Achuil

    I think doing or postponing our first election (as indep. Country) will set the precedent in our future mode of governance. Election year is a promise to all citizens and need not defaults. God can certainly help if our hearts are truly sincere.

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    • 12 October 2013 08:40, by dude

      We need a smart president. I am tired of idiot president call Kiir. We need Dr. machar to be the president, and we will do it in your face.

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  • 12 October 2013 08:52, by jijury

    Bravo Dr. Machar that’s how a national leader seeks support from the outsiders. Inept Salva Kiir failed to attend the meeting with ANC delegation while he was the one who invited them to come to Juba. What an idiot! Salva is so fearful to challenge Riek in discussion not to mention seeing him face to face. Crying always about Bahr El Gazal region will not take Salva anywhere.

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    • 12 October 2013 20:05, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Jijury,
      I read all your comments, and it has everything to do with one particular tribe and you know it. Using coded language will not help your argument. Now let’s talk about Dr. Kill (Machar) Patient. Machar should be charge with the crime against humanity-1991. March is nothing but a butcher, who killed women, children and the old. Machar is inept, only weak minded subjects will follow him

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  • 12 October 2013 08:54, by NO PEACE

    Dr. Machar oyeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 12 October 2013 10:28, by Xeno

      With WHITE CONCUBINES around him....and "him" being Machar, he will never make a good minister let alone being president. Folks, remember how the then WHORE called EMMA fooled him and at last made a laughing-stock after that British hoe met he fate?.....Mind you, Riek is again in chain with another American WHORE called Becky and that is a bad premonition to Riek Machar.

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    • 12 October 2013 10:55, by R@in Deng

      No Peace there will be a peace!

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  • 12 October 2013 10:33, by Xeno

    Kiir must kick the fuxk out those so-called EU delegation who made with Riek Machar. They are not EU representatives, but bunch of his idiotic in-laws from British.

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  • 12 October 2013 11:14, by Malakal county Simon

    Macher for 2015

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  • 12 October 2013 11:28, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    Dr. Machar we will Supporting you and we know that you Rule this Country .

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    • 12 October 2013 12:43, by Bentiu son

      Yes,for Dr.Machar and Big no for incompetent,corrupted, tribalist whose cabinet made up of 60% from Dinka tribe alone despite various 63 non Dinkas ethnic groups in the country. Hence.in corruption, toilets, sewage’s, wild life, police, cabinet ,presidency,tribal politics,slavery business,cattle rustlings,and wanton killings around major towns the criminals Dinkas are the lead.Ridicules right?

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  • 12 October 2013 12:55, by Nyakuzuny

    well done Dr. Riek Machar look Kiir Mayardit is Donjuan man in this country. Dr. Riek we will Supporting you forever and you will win.

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  • 12 October 2013 14:50, by Gat-khir

    1. Independent of South Sudan
    2. Democracy and
    3. respect for human right are the only three objectives of 1991 split. objective 1 is achieved and "NEW SECULAR SUDAN" is burred with its master. Soon dictatorship and its master will be burred and democracy will be achieved. we are prepared to struggle for democracy the same way we did for independent.

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    • 12 October 2013 16:26, by dude

      This is not a tribalistic message. It is not intended to any tribes and I am talking on behalf of nationalism. My fellows South Sudaness, let us be honest about our President Kiir okay. Kiir is a very weak man personally. He does not fit to be a president for a very long time. here is the reason. KIIr Does not have political tongue to make friends around the world. Another word he is weak.

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      • 12 October 2013 16:33, by dude

        A weak president means a weak nation. Now we are very weak we cannot even handle the tiny Abyei Issues which is really belong to to Gok Dinka and South Sudan. Second, Kiir will not and cannot tackle corruption that is massively going around the country. Why? because he lacks educational skills to compete with his job assignment(corruption). This is a very big problem and a big concern

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      • 12 October 2013 19:51, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. Dude,
        I read all your comments, and it has everything to do with one particular tribe and you know it. Using coded language will not help your argument. Now let’s talk about Dr. Kill (Machar) Patient. Machar should be charge with the crime against humanity-1991. March is nothing but a butcher, who killed women, children and the old. Machar is inept, only weak minded subjects will follow him.

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        • 13 October 2013 05:40, by Malakal county Simon

          Some people need to stop thinking backward and down graded themselves about 91 event, because 91 case is gone case as the ICC was established in 2002. The ICC has no right whatsoever to prosecute those who committed crimes, before 2002 ICC establishment, leave alone the lacks of evident of the event. Those who think Dr Macher will attend the ICC, are joking and wasting their time.

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  • 12 October 2013 16:40, by dude

    to our poor people South Sudanese. We know very well that the there are more people in our country who are still very poor and Kiir cannot figure out a way to help them instead he rewards them with (Corruption). Third, Kiir lacks Security and the stability of the country. Now more areas along the borders are being control by Bashir(the contested Areas which are all belong to South Sudan. Kiir is

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    • 12 October 2013 16:46, by dude

      now controlled by Bashir. We do not want to be control by outsider Bashir. in conclusion, we need a smart president Dr. Riek because he is very smart and can play his diplomatic card very well in the international Arena. He will be more respected by the international community because of his education backgrounds and qualifications. he will also get rid of corruptions and make sure that our countr

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  • 12 October 2013 16:49, by dude

    is save from outsiders or invaders. Kiir being a dictator will bring our country in to chaos that we had never seen even before the civil wars of two Sudans. It is even going to be a massive instability in South Sudan. We do not need kiir he has ruled for eight years and done. No more weakness for our country South Sudan. We want to have a strong country that is lead by Dr. Machar.

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  • 12 October 2013 18:16, by Kim Deng

    Dr. Laughing Machine,
    Are you still dreaming about elections in this Jungle (South Sudan?) You will never be a president of this Jungle through elections unless if you declare "Kac-lora," which I doubt. You have brought shame to Mighty Nuer Warriors who fear no one.

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