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August 10, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir on Sunday said opposition leader, Riek Machar could become the country’s second vice-president, if he agrees to join his government.

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President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signe a peace deal in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 9 May 2014 aimed at resolving conflict in South Sudan (Photo: AFP/Zacharias Abubeker)

Speaking at Juba airport on arrival from the United States where he attended the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, Kiir disclosed that the international community had demanded for the creation of a prime minister’s position, something he opposed.

“They [international community] said what should we do? How do we bring peace? I said if you want these people to join the government, I can expand my government and bring people that I want to work with,” said the president.

“If Riek Machar wants to be in the government, I can create for him a position. I will bring Riek to be second vice president after vice president James Wani Igga,” he added.

The South Sudanese leader, however, stressed that Machar was only capable of succeeding him as president upon winning an election.

“If he [Machar] does not want [to be second vice president], let him stay outside there and wait for the elections. If he defeats me in the election, he will be the president,” said Kiir as the crowd applauded.

Machar, the country’s longest serving vice-president, was sacked in July 2013 after openly declared his intention to challenge Kiir for the ruling party (SPLM) chairmanship. Several disagreements within the party later culminated into violence, nearly escalating into full-scale war.

The opposition announced on Saturday that they had resumed talks with the government delegation as the sixty day ultimatum agreed on by both warring parties elapsed without any tangible results.

Leaders from the East African regional bloc (IGAD) vowed to impose tough measures should any of the warring sides frustrate the ongoing negotiations seeking to end the nearly eight month-old conflict.

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  • 11 August 05:49, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Great job Mr. President. Machar can take second Vice President or otherwise, let him stay outside till election 3 and half years from now. Machar is fool with PhD. How did he get a PhD. His PhD must be questionable. Here you have it Mr. greedy Machar. It will give you something to eat and small power.

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    • 11 August 06:06, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      What
      a very short cut to govt big position! I wish I were a rebel leader
      during Mr. Pres. Salva Kiir Mayardit’s regime inder to become a chief
      admin area & a 2nd vice & 3rd vice president! I hope there are
      more rooms for rebels than govt loyalists. It looks like a
      peace-achieving model but a total continuity of war in the c’try in one
      way or another.

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      • 11 August 08:19, by michael coma

        Yes, Machut.Riek suppose to be put as Leer chief admininistrator.He can not even be governor leave alone second vice president.

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        • 11 August 13:15, by Mr Point

          Kiir supporters must be encouraged by the evidence of his great leadership.

          A year ago Kiir dismissed Machar as VP.
          In December Kiir tried to murder Machar.
          Now Kiir proposes to appoint Machar as VP.

          Is this back to square one, or evidence of a vision and a strategy for development in South Sudan?

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        • 11 August 19:30, by John Sebit

          If you want Riek to join the government, I can expand my government and bring people that I want to work with,” said Kir, so it’s Government of Salva Kir (GOSK) not GOSS anymore. So interesting. Anyway both Kir and Riek and no longer legitimate, the US, EU, AU and mostly IGAD had a person to be imposed on you soon. your China will not help you.

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    • 11 August 06:55, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      I don’t understand why these useless idiots are cajole back into joining the government when their fighting boys are seriously underperforming against Dinka boys. we thwartedthe lightening speed and neck-breaking speed operations why should we be the one looking for peace instead of the mouth-fighting warmongers to learn their weakness and come back with shame written all over their faces.

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      • 11 August 08:14, by michael coma

        Lotodo

        I like the funny way you put it.Yeah they will come with thier shameful faces to the govt.They have no different with Boko Haram that uses to difiled young girls for seek of leadership struggle as they claims.

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        • 11 August 08:25, by Mi diit

          Well, good for you Nyankiir Museveni. You have the right to propose nonsensical positions.

          But do you know what the rebels are proposing about you in the interim government? They want you to become the commissioner of Gogrial West County in Warrap state to fit your low IQ, or become an advisor on corruption since you have that bad experience.

          Let us wait and see what will happen!

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          • 11 August 12:30, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            What use of force are you trying to tell us. your kids were forced by their commanders to attacked Nasir the other day. but most of them were unwillingly returned to the forests, with some crying about how they are going to miss food real bad when they die young from hunger.

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          • 11 August 19:41, by Marco A. Wek

            Midiit, other is nothing wrong with 2nd vice president, Riek was once 2nd vice president to Omar Al Bashir and he was very happy with it but when it is given to him by his fellow South Sudanese then it becomes a problem for his supporters? So are you telling me our cousins Nuer were dying so that this blood thirsty guy called Riek become president? He was once vice president and did he give to

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    • 11 August 09:54, by Son of Ngundeng

      Dear All:
      What the so funny position which i never seen in my life,president cow boy followed by coward man from Nyam Nyam, and putting the PHD holder as the third vice president, which making funny and making the world to surprise,Slava Kiir he will die soon, On 1/1/2015, we will buried him.

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  • 11 August 05:51, by dinkdong

    That’s all he came up with!?

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    • 11 August 06:24, by jijury

      For how long will this illiterate president keep destroying South Sudan? The country is bleeding to death women men and children are dying day and night but Salva is more concerned about his power. Do you think giving Riek Machar a second vice president position will end the war? Riek already served as your first vice president Dumb ass.

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    • 11 August 06:24, by Malakal county Simon

      What a joke!! You need peace?? Just step down Mr militant president or shall I say foolish president

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      • 11 August 06:31, by Malakal county Simon

        Accepting Kiir to lead the interim- transition government, will be great betrayal to those innocent Nuers who lost their lives simply because of their ethic identity....

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        • 11 August 06:46, by wang

          Malakal county Simon
          There will never be of so call Interim Transition Government (ITG), leave a lone the Mrs. kiir M7 may leads it…

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        • 11 August 07:19, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          forget, no interim nonsense for Riek to leads. How can somebody who had defeated you militarily resign his position to give room to a broke tourist who is being abandon by everyone including Bashir [his ex boyfriend]

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  • 11 August 06:55, by wang

    michael coma
    Forget about 2nd VP, Mrs. Kiir M7 and Dr. Riek would never be in a same govt against as a one person already had mentioned it above

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  • 11 August 07:39, by Madina Tonj

    Well, in my opinion I think both leaders must not be re-elected again to the office. For Riek Machar, he will be indicted by ICC because he is a criminal man. For president Salva Kiir Mayardit, I will be very disappointed if he want to be reelected once again in 2018. Both leaders must be vote out and elected new faces to lead South Sudan nation because this nation is not be long to 2 persons.

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    • 11 August 13:48, by Black Africa

      Who started the war ? Salva Kiir Started the war with false coup d’etat and ordered his militias from Aweil and Gogrial to slaughter innocent Nuer. The Nuer makes revenged, or self defense for their people. So, who will be indicted by the ICC? Salva or Reik. Let be honest,I think Salva should go to ICC.

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  • 11 August 08:13, by Mabor

    Bravo, Mr.Prezo this traitor deserves to be third vice president
    any rejection we are all ready to kick his ass out from South Sudan
    Never mine u will rule us Mr.Prezo to our highest expectations u had never been a traitor to us u have three more terms to rule us.
    Long live president Salva
    Long live SPLM
    Long live the patriotic and nationalists people of South Sudan

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  • 11 August 08:32, by Dengic

    Medina Tonj,don’t behave like Nuer.Riek Machar has two options,to take the second VP or leave it.And for Kirr,he deserves re-election for second or third term if he wants.If Machar have power to convince south Sudanese people to elect him as their president,which I think cannot and will never happen,then,Kiir will step down from presidency.

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  • 11 August 08:38, by Ross

    Dear

    Let our president bark like dog. It is clear that his failure encourage Official Staff to defect from his government. but truely speaking his felow executives are the one who create disaster to our president he he does not know that.

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    • 11 August 09:36, by Gangura

      We the rebel suporters will never accept Dr. Machar to be second VP better we go back to bush,from 1st VP to 2rd VP I thnk this idiot Kirr is very stupid and soon he will not sit in Juba becoz we are now advancing towards Juba with our white army.

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      • 11 August 11:38, by Wicdail

        It’s very embarrassing indeed in this world for South Sudan whom 5% of its stakeholders are PHD holders from different fields, to be led by a primitive militant who does not even have a high school certificate. Besides that, he doesn’t have single personalities in terms of everything. Is he the guy whom these fools are delighted with? What a world of foolish and cowards?

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  • 11 August 12:22, by Philosopherking

    People of South Sudan, President Kirr has proved beyond doubt that he does not understand what matters to the people of South Sudan. He has proved beyond doubt that he doesn’t care about life but positions! Does he think offering Dr. Riek a position in government really solves the problem? This guys is too drunk to pay attention. No sustainable solution will come out of this buffoon!

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    • 11 August 12:27, by Philosopherking

      If he really cared about the people of South Sudan, he needs to realize that, what is needed at the moment is good governance; a democratic federal republic of South Sudan headed by a visionary leader who understands how to lead this country into nation building, reconciliation, prosperity, rule of law and infrastructure development. Kirr is not that leader and he shall never be.

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      • 11 August 12:31, by Philosopherking

        Why are those in government still wasting their precious time supporting this stupid and vision-less, dictatorial, murderous, corrupt, nepotistic, good for nothing government? Every life and every drop of oil Kir is wasting belong to every South Sudanese, but kirr is wasting it to kill his own people and maintain his grip on power! What an Idiot!

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        • 11 August 12:34, by Philosopherking

          The international community should stop talking to this idiot, for he never understands what he is there to do! Instead of giving advice on how to bring peace to the people of south Sudan, please help the people of South Sudan rid of this good for nothing and illegitimate president of the Dinka people! South Sudan has 64 communities...they all want one thing, peace. Kirr can not deliver that!

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          • 11 August 14:08, by Mayom County Boy

            Guys the games got boring , let us give peace a chance to prevail among our selves , enough is enough for Mr Riek Machar $ is supporter , I welcome Riek Machar $ is group to return home peace fully with out violence that may erupted again , among theirs group like what took place last year 2013 . in Juba Capital city of Republic of south sudan .

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        • 13 August 08:48, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Mr Philosopherking,

          Ayuwa, tell them a little bit of philosophy on how to rule a nation comprising of many ethnic groups of people. It was really a mistake to let them take the instruments of liberation in our name only to institutionalise the vices of Jallaba to us. How can we expect any good thing from a semi-nomad. For they do not know their home.

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        • 13 August 08:50, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Mr Philosopherking,

          Ayuwa, tell them a little bit of philosophy on how to rule a nation comprising of many ethnic groups of people. It was really a mistake to let them take the instruments of liberation in our name only to institutionalise the vices of Jallaba to us. How can we expect any good thing from a semi-nomadic people. For they do not know their home.

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  • 11 August 16:52, by Jojo

    President decision is a bit fine, but what is in the heart of Riak? Nobody can tell. This Dr. is not caring for his people. How people are suffering in POC in Bentiu is nasty situation. Including the Community Leaders in Bentiu POC are crazy leaders. I was there for the last four months; let the civilians in POC clean themselves from dirty politics which they can not handle.
    Goven’t has power!

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