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February 12, 2014 (JUBA) - Several leading opposition political parties in South Sudan have spoken out openly in support for the formation of an inclusive interim administration as the security situation in the country continues to deteriorate for the worst.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (Photo: (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

Onyoti Adigo, leader of a minority group in South Sudan’s national legislative assembly, said the internal squabbles and leadership wrangles among the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) had spiralled out of control to an extent that it now required the wider participation of all the stakeholders so that the conflict is halted.

Adigo said violence was continuing in pockets across the country, adding that the situation in Upper Nile state capital Malakal was particularly tenuous and required immediate intervention of the government and the international community.

“The people there, I mean the civil populations, have been living in a constant fear. They need both protection and food. Nobody has ever gone to them with sufficient supplies since the violence erupted. The civilians are in dire need of services and adequate protection against those who are now threatening to attack”, said Adigo.

He has called for the formation of an inclusive and broad-based interim administration to unite and reconcile differences created by the conflict, which erupted in the capital, Juba, on 15 December following clashes between rival factions of the presidential guards.

“We say that this conflict had slipped out [the control] of the SPLM and that it requires [the] involvement of all the stakeholders. The people who are dying now are not all members or supporters of the SPLM. They are South Sudanese citizens and not all South Sudanese support the SPLM”, he said.

However, the leaders of a number of other political parties have rejected calls for an interim government with the participation of former cabinet ministers, regardless of whether they are members of the ruling party or from other political parties.

Wilma John, a member of Sudan National Union Party in Central Equatoria state, said an interim administration would simply retain the status quo, since it would likely comprise the same faces the country had previously accused of involvement in corruption and malpractice.

But Adigo said the main role of a broad-based inclusive administration would be to hold a national conference with the participation of relevant stakeholders to discuss all points of difference, which had initially sparked the conflict.

He argues that the move is necessary to accelerate efforts to peacefully settle the conflict and rebuild trust among South Sudanese people.

Members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition also indicated they would support the formation of an interim administration on the condition that president Salva Kiir stands down to make way for an independent group to enact reforms and tackle corruption and other political issues.

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  • 13 February 05:28, by omoni jr.

    very ugly president,look at his pic.HAHAHAH

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    • 13 February 05:36, by Mi diit

      Mrs. Akiir Mayardit should join Museveni in Kampala and leave South Sudanese alone.

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      • 13 February 05:59, by Malakal county Simon

        I support the calls, but Kiir must step-down.... For Juba Nuer massacre and for causing the sense-less war among South Sudan themselves!!!!

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      • 13 February 06:06, by Chol A.

        Mis dr nyariek with husband Basir can be caught by ICC together with other Nuer militia officers mark my words you nyigat.

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        • 13 February 07:45, by Whortti Bor Manza

          The deal reached earlier between Bashir and Kiir: Kiir to drop claim on Abyei, then Bashir not to support any rebellion in the South, Bashir to ferry food to the Dinkas of Aweil and Warrap. These are the main reasons for the major differences between Kiir on one side and Deng Ahamed alor, Mustafa Biong, Arop Bagat on the other side. Oh Abyei you have been betrayed by Kiir.

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      • 13 February 06:13, by choldit

        The game has started n Mrs. President Kirr Museveni is placed in exit strategy seat by ss political parties. every political party in ss shld remember the quote that reads: "he who laughs last laughs longest." Kirr is not gonna laugh longest after nuer massacre. Mr.Adigo is trading off well but what is his boss doing in peace talk on Kirr’s side n not as independent?

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        • 13 February 06:24, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Adigo has what it’s take to be a president. I hope Iam not alone. let support Adigo for higher office.

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      • 13 February 07:39, by wacjak

        Midit, how about you Traitor, where should he go? He caused more destruction in South Sudan than anybody else. Be honest 1991 happened because of his greed for power. 2013 happened because of his thirst for power. What a hopeless idiot! Am glad that he is gone out of Juba and will only be flown very soon to Leer in a coffin. Cry and Kiir will be there in Juba whether you like it or not

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    • 13 February 06:25, by Tong dut

      The only way is interim which is nice with Kirr the uneducated president.

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      • 14 February 01:41, by Gatluak

        @wackak,I wish u would have said Kiir with his fears and lack of confident he went & brought UPDF with your & my resources & chased Machar out of the town.Kiir is a fool is because most of the guys who are not enjoying the death of their friends simply they are getting money from fake president who used cluster bombs against his own people.Fuck you & you father Kiir. I killed my family.u didn’t ra

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    • 13 February 06:25, by Tong dut

      The only way is interim which is nice with Kirr the uneducated president.

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    • 13 February 07:35, by wacjak

      Ahhahaha! your beautiful or should I say handsome Traitor is now sweating in the bush. Kiir may be ugly, but he kicked you out of Juba and other towns of South Sudan. So now, tell me, which is important, handsomeness or being smart in politics? Cry Cry Cry and drink your tears my brother. Am glad that the traitor shall be brought back in coffin with his stooges.

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    • 13 February 08:04, by Son of Ngundeng

      killing of the citizen all these crimes of yours, will return to your warrap people in nearest future, useless president, lack of education can lost a huge population, empty mind president.

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  • 13 February 06:32, by 4Justice

    Government Of Self-enrichment

    The "1991 incantation" has been weaponized by agents of darkness to demonize and ostracize any political opposition against Kiir’s unconventional and repressive rule of self-enrichment. Did you know that Apostle Paul (Saul) and Moses were once murderers before God saved them? don’t believe me read your bible; both men later became God’s most anointed servants they healed the sick delivered the afflicted in Jesus name. You followers of kiir are hiding behind Christianity, you are nothing but wicked Idol worshippers hell bent on the distruction of South Sudan through looting, nepotism and barbarism, the ROSS does not exclusively belong to Salva Kiir, his relatives and stooges, it belongs to all the people of South Sudan. I just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, i will never have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but would rather expose them.

    "If we confess our sins, (Greed, Pride, Stealing (Looting Public Money), Lying, Killing and Sowing discord among brethren) he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9)

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    • 13 February 06:45, by Mi diit

      Amen...incompetent Kiir herself needs to repent first. He killed hundreds of politicians during SPLA when he was the chief of security in the 1980s. He is a serial murderer.

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    • 13 February 07:04, by dinkdong

      What are all these nonsenses you are telling us Mr. 4Justice? How about you repent yourself? What do you think is wrong with S. Sudanese? Why do God make all these happened to us all the time? Is our sin bigger than the ones other nations are making. I think if there is God, then he left our country along time ago. So fuck off!

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      • 13 February 07:28, by Deng II
        • 13 February 07:36, by Deng II

          - What I like the most is the following quoted from above Mahmood Mamdani article."The main points of the reform agenda were spelt out in the draft transitional constitution that Machar began circulating in 2011, well before independence. It called for a term limit for the president, a maximum of two 5-year terms, and also for the removal of the clause in SPLM constitution that gives its chairperso

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          • 13 February 07:38, by Deng II

            - "It called for a term limit for the president, a maximum of two 5-year terms, and also for the removal of the clause in SPLM constitution that gives its chairperson the power to nominate 5% members at all levels of the party, including its legislative organ, the National Liberation Congress (NLC"

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            • 13 February 07:40, by Deng II

              " When the draft was voted down at the ruling party meeting, Machar took it to cabinet, and when there too it was voted down, he took it to parliament."

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              • 13 February 07:44, by Deng II

                - too late Dr.Criminal, you have a good an ideas, but after you committed genocides, your good ideas is useless. go to hell.

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    • 14 February 06:04, by Dinkawarrior

      4Justice!
      I always support whatever you said but I disagree with you about the 1991-Bor-Massacred. Your friend Ngundeng warshiper Dr. Cieth Holocaust Traitor Machar will die shamefull because he evil and die through humilations. You might not agree with me but you will still see through your own eyes.

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  • 13 February 09:40, by Marco Bul

    Both Riek and Kiir must be barred from politics!!! Let there be interium gov’t headed by Adigo till election

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  • 13 February 15:07, by wani

    Kiir, leadership has got no difference with 1789, french government under Louis xvi.crying like weeping sheep in the desert , frequent political decree in the leadership of Kiir , sectarianism, weak institutions, unconstitutionality, corruption, censorship , poor services delivery , zonal interest, negative political attitude , culture and ideology. int

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