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January 2, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in two of the country’s states, ordering the national army (SPLA) to fight dissident rebels.

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The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)

The South Sudanese government said in a short statement released via Twitter on Wednesday that a state of emergency has been declared in its Unity and Jonglei states.

"President Salva [Kiir] has declared the state of emergency in Unity and Jonglei", the tweet read.

The president, under the country’s transitional constitution, has powers to declare a state of emergency in consultation with the national legislative assembly and appoint a caretaker government in the affected area under the leadership of a military officer.

It remains unclear what necessitated the president’s impromptu decision, which could partly be linked to the presence of dissident rebels fighting government forces in the two strategic areas.

The president’s new directive comes as ceasefire talks between South Sudan rebels and government get underway in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) leaders.

Observers and independent analysts, however, wonder whether more troops on the ground would make any difference to the already worrying situation as the military continues losing military battles in some key towns.

Kiir also formed a crisis management committee, headed by vice president James Wani Igga, urging politicians in the affected areas to cooperate with the armed forces and other security organs.

This is the first time the president has officially declared the state of emergency in the country, weeks after a curfew was imposed in the capital, Juba following violent clashes that erupted mid-December between members of the presidential guards.

Edmund Yakani, a civil society activist welcomed the state of emergency declaration, but said the new directive should not hamper humanitarian operations in those areas.

"We hope that it [can not be used for covering up military engagement", said Yakani, the Executive Director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO).

More than 1,000 people have been killed and nearly 200,000 displaced after violence broke out in Juba and quickly spread to several states, cleaving the nation along the ethnic faultline of rebel leader Riek Machar’s Nuer and President Kiir’s Dinka tribes.

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  • 2 January 09:13, by Mabior Dhongbang

    Mr president it is too late for you ,what where you doing all this time? people have died through your mistake ,Riek is known for killing ,and you kept him with you for 8yrs .it is good for you to listen one ,and for all , you again put nyagat in top position again after stability .

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    • 2 January 09:19, by Peter Mading

      Sudan tribune is also fighting Kiir because of the picture posted along line with the reports of Emergency. Check out!!!

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      • 2 January 09:38, by moto

        SUDANTRIBUNE HAVE FORGOTTEN THE RULES,THEY SHOULD BE CAREFUL IF THEY LEARN NOTHING AND FORGOT NONE.PLEASE RE-READ YOUR RUBBISH RULES BEFORE YOU POSTED RUBRIC.STOP TAKING SIDE!

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        • 2 January 11:11, by Mr Point

          Recent History
          Dec 15 some soldiers mutiny and this is suppressed by presidential guard
          Dec 16 Kiir has a fantasy of a failed coup attempt. He sponsors a massacre of Nuer civilians in Juba.
          Dec 17 Leading Nuer generals defect, who have lost relatives in the Juba massacre. Riek Machar escapes from Juba to join a rebellion that has already started.

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    • 2 January 15:19, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      state of emergency will only work if you have soldiers, that are willing to die for your leadership. Kiir will be capture and kill if Bhar el ghazal think that this war in Bor is for Boris only. Bor is a perfect gateway to Juba, that is the reason why it is valuable to them. we all southerners should fight this war together at Gutmakur villages once and for all.

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  • 2 January 09:23, by Gat Gan Kiir

    It is under influence of Whisky, how come you declared state of emergency while those areas are not in your control. What will make a different while the war is already in place for good two weeks? Language is changing day by day. In the next two days you will talk differently fool president. You will be sexually assault very soon by freedom fighters. Things are not going right on your side

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    • 2 January 13:44, by Deng Tut

      Thank mr. Gat gan Kiir, this foolish president will not step down, he will be kill in his seat, he will let his people to be killed by Nuer fighters. They Dinka will vomit our oil, actually in juba, Dinka are running away toward Kampala, president Kiir must face the ICC with his advisors, tear ring deng and the rest advisors, long live Nuer, long live south Sudan, land of ngundeng.

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  • 2 January 09:30, by Kenyang

    Sudantribune has done its part in promoting Dr. Riek Machar and had done it well. But despise this, their effort will fail, fail good.

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  • 2 January 09:32, by wang

    Gat Gan Kiir
    You nailed it; those two states are not under Kiir control...the old man or poor Kiir was completely confused

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  • 2 January 09:39, by dinkdong

    I think Kiir is done. He will either quit or be caught alive in Juba.

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  • 2 January 09:41, by Dengdittueny

    Thanks brother Mabior Dhongbang, the president had made lot of mistakes in this country. The most counted mistakes are keeping Nyigat Riek for eight years and appointing Nyigats to SPLA senior command. Shame on him. This what cause the messed

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    • 2 January 10:06, by Axios

      So.. tell me how did we go from "Rhino Citys", to arguing over Abyei; to then fighting amongsts ourselves while the Arabs and the world laughs at us?

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      • 2 January 10:13, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        Mayom County Girl & Associates,
        You write not only to inform but educate a wide range of readers across the digital world on the subject matter, not only your targeted audience like some Nuer, though not all, who will agree with the content without digesting its authenticity and source. In Juba, the soldiers killed on duty, guarding armory are not all Dinka....

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        • 2 January 10:14, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

          ...but including what Riek and his destructive forces claim "the sold-out Nuer" because they failed to participate in the failed coup attempt. The misconception that most Nuer hold is that they can impose Riek on South Sudanese to be the President of RSS at any cost so long as Bor Town continues falling victim of Riek’s political endeavor.

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          • 2 January 10:14, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

            What we are observing closely is lack of international concern about telling Riek not to order his forces attack innocents souls/Dinka who took refuge in UNMISS compound across the country. In Juba, no government forces is threatening to attack Nuer in the two UNMISS compounds but Nuer are doing the opposite. In Juba, some of them/men are coming out of the UNMISS compound only to knife Dinka and..

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            • 2 January 10:15, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

              ... and run back to the UNMISS compound without any government forces threatening to kill anyone in the compound. This is what happening in Juba now. Looting in Juba (107) was carried out by the destructive forces of Riek who fled with him without considering the safety of their wives and innocent children who would not escape together with them to the bush, Bentiu or Lou.

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              • 2 January 10:16, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                Nuer females roam Juba freely but some males not all, are ready to kill Dinka at strategic spot, hoping to run back to UNMISS compounds. We are looking forward that it must stop unless they want to prove that they’re the followers of Riek. Peace will certainly return to all corners of South Sudan but should not be at the expense of.....

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                • 2 January 10:16, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                  killing innocent civilians, destroying government, public and private properties in Bor, Akobo, Malakal, Bentiu and above all mobilizing civilians on tribal dimensions to carry out military offensive on towns in order to assert political leadership as if general elections of 2015 is far from horizon.

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                  • 2 January 10:17, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                    Whether political front is asserted or not for dialogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the reality is that no clear exit strategy for Riek and his two commanders (Peter Gadet & James Koang) because one tribe can never fight a government on this planet. They have to lay down arms, embrace peace and contest in elections.

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                    • 2 January 10:17, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                      Riek’s struggle for political leadership has spiraled into military and tribal camps simply to avoid the upcoming elections of 2015 where campaigns would be based on track record, not what is so-called “warriors” taken entirely on tribal dimensions. Nuer alone can never defend militarily the three States where they hail from without support of Dinka and the other tribes of South Sudan.

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                      • 2 January 10:18, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                        If some Nuer, like “white army”, claim to be warriors, why did they fail to wipe out SPLA/M from 1991-2002 when SPLA/M was still fighting guerilla warfare? Why did they fail to wipe out SAF from their land, as they are trying to do against Dinka in towns and UNMISS compounds, in order to liberate South Sudan and rule it without support of the other tribes?

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                        • 2 January 10:19, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                          Why would Riek believe that “white army” including forces under James Koang of Division 4 would be able to exterminate the Dinka-led government of Cde. Salva Kiir Mayardit, protect the nation from foreign aggression and rule it without support of any Dinka and other tribes? Will South Sudan be ruled along tribal line?

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                          • 2 January 10:19, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                            Why did Riek and his “white army” fail to make coup attempt to NCP-led government or pose this political question to Khartoum Islamic-led government when they were in the same bed from 1991 up to 2002? Why do Riek and his retarded army commanders believe that it would be possible to rule South Sudan along tribal line?

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                            • 2 January 11:54, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                              Popular opinion indicates that infrastructural development and service delivery is important regardless of regional and international effort to resolve the outstanding issues with Khartoum since 2005; but Riek Machar’s opinion indicates that eight years is enough for President Salva. He’s worried when will his turn to rule South Sudan come regardless of his track record and the upcoming elections?

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      • 2 January 14:59, by Oppressor

        Axios you still want to fight us we Arabs don’t have ur mentality idiot so fight ur own war but it is better no reality not here & forget about Abye it is not ursn any way stop dreaming.. haaaaa haaaaa

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  • 2 January 10:14, by Axios

    That picture isn’t really flattering.. It makes it seem like the President was punched in the eye.

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    • 3 January 02:33, by dinkdong

      Yes, he was punched in the eye by Riek Machar the night he (Riek) escaped to his village of Adok.

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  • 2 January 10:27, by monyomiji

    State of emergency from mr president is mostly welcome But, please mr president check yourself around mr Riak is around you otherwise get ride of them from your side that will make you free from this cocoraoh war. Again over this net i wanted to pay my last tribute prayers to our brother midit 4 de death of Naath in battle field of stupid war of stupid Doctor machar.

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    • 2 January 10:44, by Peter Mading

      Today, there will more stories about Bentiu- Citizens and armed men are running likes a typhoons just now as I write. Rubkona is hot... hot... hot!!!!

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      • 2 January 12:19, by Mapuor

        Those who were massacred in 14 Nuer counties are 100 times more than few Nuers who were caught in cross fire in Juba.You Kawajaat,just go to Nuer counties and find out for yourselves,no single Dinka was spared,they were all murdered in hundreds.Then go to Dinka counties all Nuers are free and alive.This alone is a great evidence that Mr Riek and his Nuers planned the current genocide.

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      • 2 January 14:39, by Wani khooto

        dear peter mading,
        good news hope this fool will leave and the country will be under gov’ty once and for all.i am now in bor but i will be to bentui on sunday.spla oyeeeeeeeeeeeee

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        • 2 January 16:17, by lakoda

          Wani Khooto
          Please think like human being how come you talk about 20 Dinka only while they murder 5,000 Nuer in Juba, compared those figures don’t comment blindly my dear. You told me last time you are from eastern Equatoria can you mind your own business leave Dinka and Nuer alone. we are coming soon, to face those who killed our children,Brothers, Sisters ,fathers and Mothers.

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  • 2 January 13:53, by Deng Tut

    Why salva Kiir declared emergency in the areas which is not under his control, this man have a mental problem and he must be treated urgently, Dinka are going to loosed the power for good, in spla arms, actually are disarming Nuer plus Dinka bor the fighting will be start in juba, Dinka bahr el ghazal are storming toward warrap.

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  • 2 January 14:48, by 4Justice

    I am not taking any sides in this witchraft ritual killings okay,I wasn’t born into witchcraft okay,I don’t worship no idols okay. My request to you Idol worshipers is this: Stop sacrificing innocent civilians to Lucifer because of position and money.

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