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South Sudan’s Kiir draws “red line” for interim government

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June 19, 2014 (JUBA) - In a very strongly-worded speech to the parliament in Juba on Thursday, South Sudanese president Salva Kiir said any interim government without him or the elected national assembly is "a red line.”

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (AP)

Kiir accused unnamed countries of intending to “dismantle” his county and the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

“They intend to constitute a transitional government without me as the elected President. They want to bring somebody of their choice to be the president of that transitional government. That is a red line,” said Kiir, attracting a standing ovation from the lawmakers who interrupted his speech with songs saying “we shall never.”

“The whole intention is to dismantle the SPLM which they believe has become a very stronger monster in South Sudan,” he added amidst applause.

Different sources say western countries including the USA were pushing for the designation of the former SPLM secretary general Pagan Amum as interim president to implement constitutional and political reforms.

Kiir’s remarks are the first public signal of his frustration from these speculations.

The mediation was keen to invite a group of SPLM political leading members including Amum who are opposed to Kiir’s “failed government” and the “doomed armed rebellion” led by Riek Machar.

BIGGER CABINET

Kiir, who committed himself to formation of an interim government in line with the 9 May agreement signed with the rebel leader Riek Machar, said he could expand to accommodate dissidents but not dissolving elected institutions.

“The members of this August House were elected by their constituencies to represent them in accordance to the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan and nobody on this earth will be allowed to dishonour their legitimacy,” Kiie said.

“As the President of Republic South Sudan I will never allow this thing to happen,” he further stressed.

On the other hand, the president once again defended the idea that there was a coup attempt concocted against his government by the former vice-president to explain the eruption of violence in the country since last December.

“Those elements who please themselves in the agenda of regime change have fallen into the deception that on 15th of December President Salva Kiir created a story of a coup in South Sudan while in fact there was a rebellion from within; that there was no coup. I always say that if there was no coup, how did fighting start?” he said.

Kiir statements come nine days after a meeting between him and Machar attended by the IGAD head of states and governments, where the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni told the participants there was no no coup attempt by the former South Sudanese vice-president.

Kiir, who requested to update lawmakers on stalled peace talks, said he will increase cabinet posts to accommodate members of the rebel’s SPLM in opposition.

However, he did not elaborate on the structure of that cabinet.

Over 10,000 people have died and more than a million others forced away from their homes since the fighting started in Juba and spread to Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states.

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  • 20 June 01:47, by Ito

    I think dictator Kiir did not understand the document he signed in addis ababa. Interim government was table to be headed by neutral person without kiir and riek for 6 months and then the two can stand for democratic elections after establishment of a democratic constitution. Call it quit and let war continues.

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    • 20 June 03:42, by Moc Nyickedenloi

      Yeah, that is y some of them started abusing U openly, That is y M7 turns to Riek, those r symptoms man. U r an insult to Dinka pple b,se we have never been weak like that even ordering soldiers to kill the enemies of peace within, u could not do on time then what were u expecting if u can’t fight and defence pple lives, your gov’t etc then u should go like that. Those fools must understand that..

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      • 20 June 04:00, by Moc Nyickedenloi

        Any interim gov’t must be headed by Kuol Manyang Juuk. Not any other stupid opportunist around. Kuol will be backed by the veteran politician of the modern era, Justice Abel Alier Waal and then the mighty men known in history will bring back our lost glory, the black man’s pride in the Sudan is our destiny and it ll be heard again.

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        • 20 June 06:35, by Mr Point

          Kiir has proved himself unfit to remain as President. He was not elected to have thousands of civilians murdered and to have 10% of citizens internally displaced.

          He will make South Sudan a new Somalia if he stays. His power depends on corruption, tribal warfare and tribal warlords.

          The country needs a new president to deliver reforms, services and democracy. This is what Kiir is against.

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          • 20 June 07:38, by Makjohnson

            I don’t thinks it is making us worrying. You never think of failed dictator to quite power through bloodless process and, their ever recorded rhetoric is not sparing them when time arrived. July, August, and September will determine if Kiir will lead this country with Uganda Army
            No peace is good than having peace which still accommodate those dogs in Juba

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    • 20 June 04:56, by barbayo

      Ito
      you do not understood the 9 agreement,you are too opportunist , East Equatoria been governing by E Equartoria Son ,what wrong does not provide services to people like good road ,the budget for making good road eaten by E Equartoria sons include your uncle ,just like Unity State Taban Deng & Raik Macher use to dividing 5% of oil money given to people of Unity State as individual pocket

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      • 20 June 05:14, by barbayo

        —Now look when Taban and Raik were removed they formed rebels because 5% Dr Joseph Mongtuil going to challenges them good road good school and modern city in Unity State as plan of Dr Mongtuil ,look Taban and Raik they get every month from 5% 14 Million USD per month goes to pocket of two people Raik and Taban Deng ,just now calculate from 2005 up 2013 ,how many Millions USD they took.

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        • 20 June 07:48, by Makjohnson

          Man, forget about Pagan. Someone having no even a body guards from passive community cannot lead this country. What is different between Salva and Pagan who say the massacre of thousand Nuer civilian in Juba cannot be used as anything in the talks. What these dogs come to solve if not the carnage of the Nuer that unfortunately befallen in Juba? Let them barks and we continuous fighting…..

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          • 20 June 08:18, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            Pagan and Riek, these deranged idiots should work where they are currently working. Dinka as a supper power will not just hand down there sons in uniforms to cowards warmongers and thieves to use them to fight wars of their fantasies. majority rule because majority pay at the time of war. pull stop.

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      • 20 June 05:18, by Mi diit

        USA is not for Pagan Amum. They know he is another drunkard opportunist dictator and womanizer who can drag the country further into political and economic crisis since his records show he is very corrupt and failed SPLM as SG. Besides, he doesn’t even have a single soldier to command and be respected by the army he doesn’t know. The reporter is a liar and a supporter of Pagan.

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        • 20 June 05:25, by Mi diit

          But whether he likes it or not, this other drunkard primitive president Kiir Kuethpiny will not reach December 15, 2014, the day he massacred Nuer in Juba as the president. The next few months will determine his fate. Parliament should distance itself from him. We the people of South Sudan don’t want another corrupt opportunist like Pagan Amum without a constituency & cohorts. We will shoot them.

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          • 20 June 05:36, by Mi diit

            Any country which thinks Pagan Amum and his opportunist group are neutral is a country led by leaders who do not know the genesis of the crisis. Pagan is in the center of this failure of Kiir Kuethpiny because they two ran the SPLM. And a revolution against a tyrant cannot be run by a neutral person. Revolutionaries like Dr. Riek Machar shake trees, but opportunists wait for the fruits to fall.

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        • 20 June 08:04, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          There is no way in hell a president, who had defeated his enemies in the warzones can be diplomatically change in order to please his rivals, such shit is unheard of in any past or today history. why can they go and institute such foolishness in Syria to see if Bashar Assad will not hung them in the broad day light.

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    • 20 June 06:30, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Ito
      president Kiir is not a dictator, we elected him including you were elected Kiir as president of the Republic of South Sudan. Western nations are coup makers against our country leader.
      The suggestions of Pagan Amum to be transitional president without Kiir as elected president is untrused emotion to happen.

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    • 20 June 07:12, by Tong dut

      the confused man is now mad. he will any body now.
      He was not to rule for ever.

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    • 20 June 16:40, by Gen.Quack

      @ito, I think you are out of mind and of courses you are an idiot, which democratic election do you mean again and kiir has already been elected in 2010, do you think kiir is comparable with militia riak,
      this country will not be led by somebody who had been against his own people, so mmake sure all of yoh are around bushes, what we know about pagan he is a terrorist and junub this ttime is for st

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  • 20 June 04:08, by barbayo

    you right Mr president

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    • 20 June 04:39, by barbayo

      let opportunist understand red line those who joined rebels to get post some of you may and may not ,like MPs recently joined rebel get post will never ,why Raik Machar when was in position of Vice president government is not dissolved but now talking dissolving the government and restructure to get position ,yes you have right to be minister of wild life

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  • 20 June 06:08, by wang

    It is a big No to that $50millions dollars man (Pagan Amum) to be interim President….This interim President be must keep it to either Equatoria or Nuer…because these two groups have sacrifice their life for sake of all South Sudanese future by changing that murder regime in Juba…..if USA doesn’t wants to help then they should stay out of it and let the guns solves the unfinished business

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    • 20 June 07:05, by Robot

      The real genocide is now coming, the UN and the west
      Are fidgety genocide is not taking its course, the solution
      To our problem cannot be solved in a manner that shall
      Cost lives, the infidels n the opportunists must respect
      Lives of the innocent Sough Sudanese.

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  • 20 June 07:23, by Black Africa

    Mr.Kiir, The whole world knows that there was no coup in South Sudan even your friend Museveni has mention that. If a question is been asked , what do you mean by "red line" if the interim government is form without you ? To be honest, you have screw the RSS up and you have created tribalism, corruption etc. Most people in RSS look at you as you are trying to turn RSS into Dinka Kingdom.

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    • 20 June 07:34, by Malakal county Simon

      Illegitimate president Kirr said, a new transitional government without as president is a red line!! Well to me, I think a new transitional government with Kiir as a head of interim government it means that all the innocents Nuer civilian that lost their lives in Juba are worthless....

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      • 20 June 07:53, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        you never won the war militarily as was your plan, don’t cry foul anymore, your dead neur were part of the deal. so bear with your losses alone. Kiir is and will be our president through thick and thin.

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        • 20 June 08:16, by Gangura

          stupid Kirr think we still need him? we want Machar

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          • 20 June 08:49, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            Kokora is a Bari word for anarchy, please disregard the previous definitions presented by Lupai. thank for your understanding and remember "always be the first to kill " before somebody blow your brain off.

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  • 20 June 08:53, by Niggorota

    President Kiir said, " If there was no coup, how did the fighting started,"
    Mr. President to answer your question, The fighting started after your guards at Tiger Division tried the disarmed their Nuer comrades. in other words it was a mutiny within the Republican Guards SIR not a coup.

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  • 20 June 09:13, by Niggorota

    And Mr. President when a group even if how small they are turns against you it means a major of those who elected you to the big sit are fed up with you.

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  • 20 June 09:46, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    To all supporters of the rebels, please, the western nations cannot solve the problems of South Sudan without its leaders. Thought you like USA, UK, and nations in the west demanding to remove president Kiir by force, is absolutely wrong. Kiir was elected as like others leaders in Africa and other world as well. Please, the dream of removable president Kiir by Riek policy is apparently ly.

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    • 20 June 11:40, by Niggorota

      Who elected Kiir to the presidency? Is it not the same people he is killing thru bullets and bombs, thru famine and sickness. Once people start disliking you just quit that position for God sake. We should stop this issue of being elected to remind in power.

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    • 20 June 11:44, by Niggorota

      Who elected Kiir to the presidency? Is it not the same people he is killing thru bullets and bombs, thru famine and sickness. Once people start disliking you just quit that position for God sake. We should stop this issue of being elected to remind in power.

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      • 20 June 16:49, by Akook

        "Any government government without me as president is ared line" said Kiir. These are last kicks of a dying a horse. He is boiling up war with IGAD. UPDF will soon pull out. Rebels and Bashir will collaborate and sit on oil. Western targeted sanctions will be directed at his looted property. Gen Dau will soon start war in Greater Bhar el Ghazal. Where is Kiir gonna go?

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  • 20 June 17:04, by Buffalo

    Why is it become the red line, what about those who have died because of his mismanagement, are they not red line? It is time for the people of South Sudan now to remove him by all means if he refuse to respect the outcome of the peace proposal by IGAD. It is good that the war has also started from his own tribe in the greater Bahr-El Ghazal led by a patriotic man General Aturjong. Kiir will run.

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    • 20 June 21:32, by Mapuor

      Something’s are easy to say, but they are not easy to do. Those who dream of President Kiir removal are only giving themselves endless stress, better cope with your stress by unconditionally accepting Kiir Mayardit as our president for life; he is no different from Mugabe of Zimbabwe. We shall always defend Kiir’s rule at any cost and we are confident that we will never be defeated by glutto

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      • 20 June 21:37, by Mapuor

        gluttons who are stupid and corrupt.Pagan Amum is the most corrupt thug in South Sudan followed by Riek Macar and then all the disgruntled group.Bravo president Kiir,go ahead,the whole nation is behind you.Opportunists who always harvest from the fields they did not farm must be faced seriously.

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