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S. Sudan political parties propose creation of prime minister position

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July 29, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese political parties are demanding the creation of a prime minister’s position in the proposed interim government between the country’s ruling party (SPLM) and its opposition wing.

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Salva Kiir attends the signing of the standard gauge railway agreement with China in Nairobi, Kenya, on 11 May 2014 (Photo: AP/Thomas Mukoya)

The group, in a position paper, said the president and prime minister’s posts shall be occupied by nominees from the rival factions of the SPLM, while the vice presidency be given to another party.

“The president and prime minister shall, respectively, be from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in government (SPLM IG and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO). The vice-president shall be from the political parties other than the two mentioned above,” partly reads the position paper obtained by Sudan Tribune.

“The speaker of the national parliament shall be an agreed national figure,” it added.

The document also recommends formation of a 21- member cabinet and 18 other independent commissions, suggesting the prime minister as head of government, but reporting to the president in accordance with the conduct of government business regulations.

According to the position paper, some of the functions of the interim government will be the implementation of the peace agreement; conduct of census; registration of the political; oversee an integrated process of national reconciliation and healing; convene national constitutional conference, produce draft permanent constitution prior to conducting a popular referendum for adoption, prepare ground for the conduct of free and fair national elections, expedite reparation of the internally displaced persons, consolidate relations with foreign countries.

The country’s political parties also proposed a 60% to 40% power-sharing arrangement with the majority going to the governing party and its rival faction. The council of ministers, parliament, state assemblies, and state governments, it says, shall be composed of political parties as follows: SPLM factions 60% and other political parties taking 40%.

It also proposes dissolution of one branch of the national legislature, saying there shall be one national parliament composed of 250 members, while the 10 state assemblies each take 48 members.

“It cannot be overemphasised that our country will enjoy sustainable peace, just a stop of war, when and only the suggested and agreed reforms are implemented during the transitional period,” the proposal adds.

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  • 30 July 06:23, by dinkdong

    Sound better!

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    • 30 July 06:59, by Mi diit

      Common “briefcase” political parties! Avoid making trivial noise for a while and let the two warring parties negotiate what type of system to adopt. Presidential system is more stable than parliamentary system which confuses powers between president and prime minister. And now you want a vice president. What a shame!

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      • 30 July 07:23, by Mi diit

        I know you want to blindly copy and paste the already failed parliamentary system which Kenya applied between Kibaki, Odinga and Masiuka.

        But haven’t you seen that it has collapsed and Kenya has returned to presidential system in which president Kenyatta is the president without a prime minister?

        Besides, South Sudanese don’t want that damn Kiir again.

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        • 30 July 07:27, by Mi diit

          You should have concentrated on the cause of the crisis and how to resolve it instead of focusing on positions.

          Kiir will never make it to December 15, the day he massacred thousands of innocent Nuer civilians in Juba.

          Actually Kiir will face charges for corruption and mass killing of the people and also for this war which he has now failed to end militarily.

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          • 30 July 07:36, by Mi diit

            Kiir was prophesied by Prophet Ngundeng Bong as evil leader who will cause deadly war among his own people.

            “Tik yual kuoth bi mac de bool” in Nuer which literally means “The fire flames of the long-bearded man shall be widespread” - Ngundeng said.

            Ngundeng called him “Kiir nyal diing” or “Kiir with many colours.” That is exactly his visionless, confusing leadership.

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            • 30 July 08:07, by Rommel

              Mi diit:

              *Sigh*. When will you let go of these fantasies? You previously claimed that Salva Kiir was prophesied to die prior to independence, according to Ngudeng’s many ’prophecies’. You also predicted that the rebels would triumph by May 16. In both instances [and manifestations of madness] you told us to mark your words. Well, some of us did, and we’re not at all impressed.

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              • 30 July 08:21, by Rommel

                You keep changing the goalpost. You’re like a chameleon. Your predictions and the ’prophecies’ that you ceaselessly regurgitate keep changing in a manner likened to how a chameleon changes its coluor according to a given environment. You’re absolutely delusional.

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            • 30 July 08:37, by michael coma

              Miidit

              The blame is for when he just given Machar the name Rebels instead of Militia.Machar has no qualification to be called rebel.Kiir is the one who empowered Machar to be called rebel so that the world can heard him.The word militia is the real name for Machar’s movement as he is leading one tribe against government.

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              • 30 July 09:18, by michael coma

                I meant Kiir blame when he given Machar name of Rebels which is bigger for his movement.His movement supposed to be called Militia or Nuer militia.

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          • 30 July 07:36, by LL Reuben

            Mi diit,

            How else can your gang be enticed to stop fooling around: it is by creating another figurehead position similar to what Riek was holding before he rebelled. I am surprised you’re denouncing the idea after all you’ve been through in the bushes. Perhaps after another six months you’ll finally come down to your senses and eventually entertain the idea.

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        • 30 July 09:59, by Force 1

          For the country or government to have a president and vice president make sense but adding prime minister would just be ridiculous unless you scrape presidential system and replace it with prime ministry system. South Sudan has the population of over 10 million people; everybody is not going to president. Lets develop the country to live a better life.

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    • 30 July 10:07, by Ayuen deng

      Yes sound better but this would be through referendum where south Sudanese people will decide this decision, then weighting tribal war.

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  • 30 July 06:26, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Way look-in, to take part in Juba government but he will face arrest shortly, for corruption and mass killing of civilian.

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  • 30 July 06:27, by Snipper

    Hahaah...yayaya...mmmh...wooo! Vultures demanding something! The term "reparation" in that article is misguided! You can’t burn your village and expect others to cover cost of your ill-behavior.

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  • 30 July 06:43, by wang

    60% of power must be allocated to the SPLM in opposition and rests will be shared by Mrs. Kiir M7 and those minorities’ parties if there shall be going to be anything of so called interim govt formation in this country

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  • 30 July 06:45, by Chol A.

    Creation of such need all militias fighting against government to disarm first if they do not accept it than they will go to hell with this proposal.

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  • 30 July 06:55, by wang

    Ugandan army is leaving in next couples of weeks from our soil and the only thing which wills safe your ass in this country is only to let your stupid village boy Kiir to go home and let the interim govt be formed by those whose know how the politics work….

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    • 30 July 08:32, by Rommel

      wang:

      Oh please, we don’t need the Ugandans. Kiir needs the Ugandans, because the Dinka have not wholeheartedly embraced his call for military mobilization. We’ve only given him 20, 000 troops since December. That’s not a proper mobilization. The armed forces are terribly outnumbered. Rest assured, if our security as a collective is at all threatened, we will respond. We are on the fence...

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      • 30 July 08:40, by Rommel

        ..The last time we actually responded to an existential threat, our counterattacks penetrated deep into Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod. We did all of this in 1991-2, without the Ugandans and when you had the absolute luxury of receiving a great deal of assistance from the Arabs. We were fighting on two fronts.

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    • 30 July 09:14, by michael coma

      Wang mitot

      for your information,Those who are fighting in Malakal,Bentiu and Nasir are not Uganda army.They are pure South Sudanese.Rebels have no ground at this moment.The only option is peace so that our brothers Nuers will be amalgamated in to system of governing.My own worried is Nuer population in Jonglei state that will reduce to equal number of Murle.

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  • 30 July 07:43, by Madina Tonj

    Idiocy wouldn’t understand any information system of the government. Those supporting Riek Machar are singing for what they will not get it. In the Old Sudan Dinka population use to have 13% national but when South Sudan gained independence then, Dinka now 50% national and if you against 50% national population you will not get anything in that nation. Do you really thinks Riek will be elected?

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  • 30 July 07:43, by Madina Tonj

    Idiocy wouldn’t understand any information system of the government. Those supporting Riek Machar are singing for what they will not get it. In the Old Sudan Dinka population use to have 13% national but when South Sudan gained independence then, Dinka now 50% national and if you against 50% national population you will not get anything in that nation. Do you really thinks Riek will be elected?

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    • 30 July 08:13, by Mr Point

      Kiir is not supported by all Dinka. There are many who are opposed to his dictatorial regime.

      When he started this war with that massacre in Juba he should have foreseen two things.

      1). He can not achieve a military victory over the opposition.
      2). Any settlement will necessarily reduce the powers he wanted for himself and he will find himself having to work with people like Riek,

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      • 30 July 09:27, by Rommel

        Mr Point:

        The Dinka do not place any real confidence in Salva Kiir, at least not enough to want to protect him. When Riek defected in the 90s and committed massacres against Dinka communities in Canal khorfulus, Pariang, Abiemnom, Twic-east, Duk and Bor, while also subjecting the people of Bahr el Ghazal to raids...

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        • 30 July 09:30, by Rommel

          It was at that point that the Dinka united behind a leadership that they believed in and forced out Riek’s forces from their lands — with our counterattacks penetrating deep into Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod in 1991-2. In addition to the Dinka of Upper Nile, the Lakes State Dinka don’t even want to fight for Salva Kiir. This group includes the Agar, Ciec, Atuot, Gok and the Aliap.

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  • 30 July 07:43, by Madina Tonj

    Idiocy wouldn’t understand any information system of the government. Those supporting Riek Machar are singing for what they will not get it. In the Old Sudan Dinka population use to have 13% national but when South Sudan gained independence then, Dinka now 50% national and if you against 50% national population you will not get anything in that nation. Do you really thinks Riek will be elected?

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  • 30 July 07:49, by Freedom Fighter

    This proposal is a problem, not a solution because;
    1. It would encourage violence and rebellion over peaceful Democratic process of ascending into power
    2. It would produce inharmonious and incompetence government
    3. Its ignore wide spread killings and destruction of properties and state infrastructure committed by the White Army.

    This proposal is nothing but attempt to hunt in the muddy river

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  • 30 July 08:07, by tootke’bai-ngo

    MR.WANG,
    YOU MEAN THOSE PATIENTS MURDERS KNOWS HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE COUNTRY WHEN THEY CAN’T SPARE LIVES OF SICKS IN THE HOSPITAL BEDS. REALLY? MURDERER RIEK WILL NEVER BE HONOR TO RULE IN ANY POSITION THE COUNTRY AGAIN. HE HAS TOO MUCH INNOCENT BLOODS IN HIS HANDS. S.SUDAN HAS BEEN STRUGGLING IN CURSE, NO MORE CURSING THE COUNTRY THROUGH BLOOD THIRSTY EGOWER SUCH AS RIEK MACHAR TENY, FULL STOP.

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  • 30 July 08:14, by tootke’bai-ngo

    FREEDOM FIGHTER,
    YOU SHOULD HAVE MENTION THOSE POINT LAST WEEK WHEN KIIR ALONE REWARDED DAVID YAU YAU FOR KILLING AND DESTRUCTION IN JONGLEI. WHY SHOULDN’T THE SAME FAVOUR GOES TO WHITE ARMY?

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  • 30 July 15:33, by Machiek

    Opposition parties didn’t give any sense at this particular article . because the word " power sharing" is a dangerous wildfire. Giving rebels a chance to participate in the interim Government may encourage more rebellion in the country. To avoid the terrifying future, parties shdn’t mention any thing related with sharing whatever!

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  • 30 July 15:44, by Mapuor

    New generation of politicians is needed to take over the roles of those old thugs who have all along been a problem in South Sudan. South Sudan does not need sinecure such as the position of prime minister, it need basic services such as provision of clean water, electricity, transport, health and food security plus general security. Those barbaric things such as federalism and position of p

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    • 30 July 15:50, by Mapuor

      priorities.President Kiir should give them a deaf ear for creating more positions that do not have functions in our context is rubbish.Just go to villages and towns of South Sudan,you will notice that basic services are totally absent,and its because oil money end up in Juba at the hands of constitutional post holders and military,police and correctional service generals.

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  • 30 July 17:48, by tootke’bai-ngo

    MR. MAPOUR,
    KIIR IS A LAZY OLD BUMP WHO COULD NOT USE HIS THICK DUMP HEAD TO PROVIDE BASIC SERVICES TO OUR PEOPLE. OIL MONEY, OIL MONEY, OIL MONEY, HOW DID UGANDA, KENYA AND OTHERS DEVOLOPED THEIR COUNTRIES AFTER INDPENDENT WITHOUT OIL REVENUES? PLEASE! PEOPLE LIKE MAPUOR & LIKES SHOULD STOP THINKING THAT KIIR WILL EVER DELIVER ANY SERVICES NOR RESTORE PEACE, HE IS OUR PROBLEM NOT A SOLUTION.

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  • 30 July 19:30, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Hello everyone, I believe creating more positions or Prime Minister will give the country more problems and expand corruptions. We should not extended problems. Why do we need to create Prime Minister position if I may ask? Why do we need to create more positions when our government doesn’t pay exist employees such as soldiers, polices, and many other services men/women? I oppose it.

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  • 30 July 20:16, by tootke’bai-ngo

    WHY ARE WE PAYING UGANDA WHEN WE CAN’T PAY OUR OWN SOLDIERS? PRIME MINISTER POSITION WILL CREATE CHECK AND BALANCE OF POWER, THIS POSITION COULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS CURRENT GREEDINESS WAR BY BOTH KIIR & RIEK, THE WAR OF SELF-OPPOSE ON POOR PEOPLE OF S.SUDAN.

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  • 31 July 02:56, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

    Militia leader dr. Machar will not rule South Sudan since he is the warlord it is time 4 the citizens of South Sudan to enjoy peace but n’t war. and thugs who have been supporting and campaign 4 war like Midit and the rest who have been supporting the rebels and tribal basis should not be involve. South sudbn is not either 4 Dinka nor nuer tribe alone.

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