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Transitional government without Kiir a “non-starter”: spokesperson

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August 15, 2014 (JUBA) – Any transitional government put in place without South Sudan’s incumbent president, Salva Kiir is a “non-starter”, his spokesperson said in response to opposition leader, Riek Machar’s recent interview with CCTV’s Talk Africa show.

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South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson speaking during a press conference in Khartoum on 2 March 2014 (Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP)

“While the government is working round the clock to negotiate genuine peace with rebels of Riek Machar, the utterances coming from the rebel leader are becoming exceedingly unacceptable,” Ateny Wek Ateny told reporters in capital, Juba on Friday.

Machar, while speaking on CCTV on Thursday, claimed that president Kiir had lost credibility, and that the formation of any future transitional government, should not be under the latter’s leadership.

The rebel leader also accused mediators from the East African regional bloc (IGAD) of allegedly failing to deliver a lasting political settlement to the conflict.

The president’s office, Ateny said, strongly rejects such “irresponsible” and “selfish” utterances, adding that the rebel leader “had no legitimacy whatsoever to speak about any future government while his hands are full of innocent blood”.

“There will never be any transitional government without president Kiir, until the people of South Sudan decides to refrain from voting for him in free and fair elections. But, there could be government without rebel leader Riek Machar as part of it,” Ateny said.

“Unlike the rebel Riek, president Kiir was elected by the people whose decision to vote for him the legitimacy of this government emanates,” he added.

The presidency spokesperson said the peoples’ interests were stronger than that of the “bloodthirsty” rebel leader, who had no authority to speak against the tenure of a legitimately-elected president.

He also reminded the former vice president-turned rebel leader of the vital role IGAD played in resolving decades of the north-south civil war, which resulted in self-determination referendum.

“If the IGAD did have the capacity to broker peaceful political settlement to the then Sudan‘s problem, then as a government we believe that IGAD has the capacity to deliver the lasting peace in South Sudan,” Ateny said.

“Unless rebel Riek wants himself installed by IGAD as president in order to see the ability of the IGAD to deliver lasting political settlement, then such utterances are ludicrous,” he further stressed.

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  • 16 August 11:09, by tootke’bai-ngo

    MR. ATENY WEK AND LIKES IN THE MONEY GLUED GOVERNMENT, PLEASE! WE NEED PEACE AND HARMONY. NO MORE BLOODY HANDS OVER S.SUDANESE PEOPLE. KIIR IS A MURDERER, HE IS NOT BETTER THAN RIEK MACHAR.
    FOR PEACE TO PREVAIL KIIR HAS TO STEP DOWN. PERIOD. OUR COUNTRY IS BEYOUND CIVIL WAR, FAILED STATES, GENOCIDING FIELD, NOW WE ARE HEADING TOWARD DISINTERGRATION.

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    • 16 August 12:38, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Riek Machar, is joking and he is extremely lie, what make him more credible than president Kiir?
      Shite.

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      • 16 August 13:02, by Hardlinner

        Does this animal/riek think we forgot what he did in 1991 in bor area. Riek be reminded that your previous actions shall never be forgotten by relatives of people you murdered. By comparison, kiir is angel and you are devil. Your primitive behavior is not welcome in south sudan.

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      • 17 August 13:34, by Mr Point

        Which elected President of South Sudan started a senseless civil war by massacring innocent civilians in the capital city?

        Was it
        1. John Garang?
        2. Salva Kiir?
        3. Riek Machar?

        Which of these men led South Sudan to the status of most failed state within 3 years of Independence?

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    • 16 August 13:38, by Ayom Ayom

      Good news for the people of South Sudan. IGAD Countries are preparing to give South Sudan rebels an ultimatum to stop violating cease fire and lay down their arms or face military action.

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  • 16 August 11:16, by Frak Cho

    Well spoken Ateny Wek, "rebel leader Riek Machar will only recognise IGAD leaders if they installed as president of the republic of South Sudan". With Riek Machar, if he is given just 1hr presidency, then dies immediately after that, he will very pleased. Death to Riek Machar is nothing compare to his desire for leadership thirst and lust for power.

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  • 16 August 11:19, by philipdit wol

    Riek Machar is now singing the song to his people and who will dance for this song to him Kiir was elected by majority Machar wound have win majority if he could not have killed innoncents civillian with his selfish political way.

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  • 16 August 11:47, by tootke’bai-ngo

    KIIR INDEED LOST IT LEGITIMACY AS A PRESIDENT. WE SEE IN MANY COUNTRIES WHERE PRESIDENTS OR PRIME MINISTERS LOST THEIR LEGITIMACIES ONCE CITIZENS’ LIVES ARE LOST UNNECCESSARY. MR. ABE OF JAPAN STEPPED DOWN DURING JAPAN’S FINANCIAL CRISIS. ALTHOUGHT MR. ABE WAS ELECTED, HE WAS SUCCEEDED BY FIVE DIFFERENT PRIME MINISTERS IN JUST ONLY ONE TERM(5 YEARS). KIIR IS A MURDERER, HE KILLED INNOCENT CITIZENS

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  • 16 August 15:16, by Kim Deng

    If a Nuerman says the sky is BLUE, a Dinkaman would say it is RED. Let’s burn down this Jungle (South Sudan) to ashes.

    I have been seeing dead Jaang walking in Nuerland (Bentiu, Mayom, Ayod, and Nasir).

    http://upperniletimes.net/details.php?id=879

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    • 16 August 18:53, by angunliach

      Kim Deng, you are not in the front line, where fire is burning, to see your sibling nuer the way they are suffering on barrel of Chinese high tech weapons. if u see, u can shade sad tears and stop your poor wording u used to incite violence.

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  • 17 August 09:43, by Guandong

    Your boss lost legitimacy. He killed one ethnic group beyond more than 20, 000. If he is not willing to step down, then fighting will continue. I know u are right to say all these nonsense words bcoz u were violating the CoH yet IGAD is not pushing u. But now we will not accept that fake peace.
    Kiir must go.

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