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SPLM youth leader warns against forming interim government

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February 16, 2015 (RUMBEK) - The Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - Youth League (SPLM-YL) has warned the mainstream of South Sudan’s ruling party to resist calls to form an interim coalition government as a result of the conflict that has blighted the country over the last two months.

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The Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - Youth League (SPLM-YL) Akol Paul Kordit speaking at a rally in Juba. 15 February 2014. (ST)

Akol Paul Kordit made the recommendation at a rally held on Saturday at Freedom Hall, which was attended by the SPLM’s chairman Savla Kiir Mayardit - the President of South Sudan - and his Vice President James Wani Igga, as well as other senior members.

President Kiir accuses the deputy he sacked in July last year - Riek Machar - of attempting to stage a coup on December 15, after fighting broke out between soldiers in the Presidential Guard following weeks of tension within the ruling party.

Machar and other opponents of Kiir’s rule are currently at the negotiating table in neighbouring Ethiopia, in a bid to end the conflict that has claimed an estimated 10,000 lives and displaced almost a million people.

One of the suggestions from talks is to form an interim government to take the country up to the next elections in 2015. However, Kordit rejected this suggestion on the grounds that rebellions should not rewarded and that the SPLM convincingly won the last elections in 2010.

Four years ago Kiir achieved almost 93% of the Presidential vote and the SPLM won almost all the seats in the National Legislative Assembly. His only challenger, Lam Akol of the SPLM - Democratic Change, which split from the SPLM in 2009, received less than 7% in the Presidential poll and only managed to win a handful of parliamentary seats.

The SPLM government, which secured the independence of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011 as part of a 2005 peace deal, can only be voted from office and cannot be forced out through rebellion, Kordit said.

"We believed in this government. We have elected this government. The youth of South Sudan love this government because it is their government. We trust this government and we must have collective effort to protect it and encourage good wish for this government."

Lam Akol, who had until recently been in exile from South Sudan, reconciled with Kiir in time to named in the President’s negotiating team for the talks with the SPLM-in-Opposition in Addis Ababa.

However, Onyoti Odigo, an SPLM-DC member of the South Sudanese parliament has called for an interim government to be formed in order to make the political climate more inclusive and encourage reconciliation.

"We say that this conflict has slipped out [of] 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."

The leaders 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.

In July last year Kiir sacked his whole cabinet, as well as suspending the SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum. The senior officials who were not reappointed became increasingly critical of Kiir’s leadership and were accused - along with Machar - of taking part in the alleged failed coup attempt.

Of the 11 SPLM figures who were held by Juba for over a month, four remain in custody. The others have been allowed to travel to Ethiopia via Kenya in order to take part in the peace process.

The released detainees and the SPLM-in-Opposition are both calling for those still in custody, including Pagan Amum, to be released in order to aid the peace talks. They are also demanding Juba ask the Ugandan forces, who have fought alongside the South Sudanese army during the conflict, to immediately withdraw.

(ST)

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  • 17 February 05:07, by Mi diit

    The so-called 7 SPLM detainees have betrayed the rebels. They think the IGAD will force Kiir to step down so that they form an interim government before 2015. Well, they will be useless when Kiir and Machar resort to fighting. Machar is not weak militarily, but he is playing a game of retreat. Soon tables will turn when it is time to fight back!!!

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    • 17 February 05:09, by Mi diit

      Machar will be the one to form the interim government when Kiir is kicked out soon before or during the rainy season. Ugandans will soon get frustrated because there will be no money to pay them by April. The 7 detained leaders should not dream of picking the fruits falling from a tree shaken by Dr. Machar. NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 17 February 05:16, by Mi diit

        This reckless devil red-eyed indiscipline kid called Akol Paul Kordit should not lie that people voted for Kiir as such. We voted to get rid of a stumbling bloc called elections so that we went for the referendum. Taste it in 2015 if you will see Kiir winning any elections in case he will still be alive by then. But it is a waste of time for you to talk of 2015 elections b/se you will not be there

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        • 17 February 05:30, by chol

          Mi Diit you and Nuers idiots can go and fuck yourself Machar will never be president in this country Esther like it or not you can cry all you want.

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        • 17 February 05:42, by good leader

          definitely, Dr Machar is the one to form an interim government after defeating Ms Kiir.

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          • 17 February 05:52, by good leader

            HI stupid Akol, during election without Dr Riek Ms kiir would had failed because she was crying during the campaigned telling the publics if you vote for me, you vote for my running mate Dr Riek but warned that if I failed to win the election. we will down together with Dr Riek.

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            • 17 February 06:02, by good leader

              Akol , your days as SPLM youth leader are numbered together with Ms kiir.

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              • 17 February 06:24, by jubaone

                Kordit is nothing but a beneficiary and parasite of this roten system. He is useless cos with an interim govt. the SPLA powers will be reduced and he will be jobless. What education does he have? The South is not jenge property where he should refuse an interim govt when all the world is looking for a good solution. Kordit you are better off in a luak or best go and fight Machar if you can. Scums

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        • 17 February 06:06, by Malakal county Simon

          Akon is simply brib!!!!!

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          • 17 February 06:24, by chol

            Try to take back Malakal if you are a man.stop internet war coward before you think about Juba.It easy said than done hey.Nuers will finish as Ngundeng predicted.

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        • 17 February 07:51, by Nibs

          Midiit,
          I like your sense of humour, something like ..." red-eyed indiscipline kid". I personally don’t like Akol Paul, either do I like Kiir but I believe your analysis and judgement is being compromised and clouded by your filial loyalty to Riek Machar. Sometimes back, you said Kiir will not live to see December of last year(2013), now you have resort to " before or during the rainy season"

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        • 17 February 11:54, by Letigolight

          Colleagues, the reality is, come May, the Kiir government will lose touch with Jongolei, Upper Nile and Unity State; Oil flow will stop and hence the Dollar; Being an import economy, inflation will erode the SSP and finally markets will collapse, and so the Kiir government. Let peace talks fail, THIS IS MY PROPHECY, DOOM AWAITS!, More deaths from hunger; If I was Kiir I would step DOWN

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      • 17 February 05:20, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        The seven detainees will not have any place in politics, today or tomorrow. who did not saved during their looting periods will be befriended by hunger and homelessness.

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      • 17 February 09:01, by Sir King

        I am sorry to be a Dinka under Kiir Mayardit’s administration as other people from Nuer are sorry for being borne in Nuer community because Riek as spoiled them likewise Kiir spoiled Dinka completely.
        Name Dinka is completely tarnished. Now no other than a interim Administration to save south Sudan from absolute collapse. Shame on Kiir Mayardit for being weak.WE NEED INTERIM ADMINSTRATION QUICKL

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    • 17 February 05:25, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      How much is he getting paid to preach about how good this government is?. A good government is the one that is rebellions free.

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      • 17 February 06:39, by Wicdail

        If this Mugger so call Youths leader, doesn’t want Kirr to step down, and let a provisional government take place, then, what is his solution to this conflict? He doesn’t even feel ashamed at all by calling a callous regime a government. Your recklessness will never go unanswered.

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        • 17 February 07:46, by michael coma

          We want Kiir to leave power through voting not bullet but his time not yet expired in our hearts.Not Riek Machar who can subtitute Kiir according to my own calculation.At least another person from Nuer who never turns gun against South Sudanese.

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        • 17 February 07:47, by michael coma

          We want Kiir to leave power through voting not bullet but his time not yet expired in our hearts.Not Riek Machar who can subtitute Kiir according to my own calculation.At least another person from Nuer who never turns gun against South Sudanese can take leadership.

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    • 17 February 08:20, by Kiir

      Middiit don’t frustrate, you know some of the detainees are still under detention in Juba. How do you think if the released ones declare that they will join Machar. automatically the remained ones can be kills by Mrs. Akiir Museveni and her husband Mr. Yewero Museven. Let all the detainees come out the we will hear from them.

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    • 17 February 14:51, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar,has nice homes around the World,has stollen millions of dollars ,he was Vice president for the last 8 years,despite all the crimes he commited during the 1991.
      People forgave him,and gave him the job of Vice President,he is not satisfied ,Again he is a rebel leader in the hjungle,what does he realy want?? Thousands have already been killed,will he be the president of grave yard??

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  • 17 February 08:45, by Marial Marial

    Kordit, we have to be sincere here. We, Patriotic South Sudanese want this interim gov’t formation like nothing else. These two power hungry leaders will then be brought head-on before the electorate to judge them. Believe me; a third neutral person running against them will go through. If you really love this country, then you should embrace this very good unifying suggestion. Please do not confu

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  • 17 February 08:46, by Marial Marial

    Please do not confuse the youth for your self-fish motives. This is what the patriotic youth of South Sudan want to avoid tearing this beloved nation apart. Down with your divisive ideology.

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  • 17 February 22:44, by Wiyual

    Marial,
    I like your patriot and bold answer. We need interim government now than ever. Kiir has become a genocidal and Riek has made the whole Nuer Nation suffered for his own ambitions. We really need neutral person to take over and build reconciliations among our nation citizens.

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