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Senior S. Sudan MP rejects creation of prime minister post

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AUGUST 21, 2014 (WAU) – A senior member of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) in Western Bahr el Ghazal state has rejected a controversial proposal to create a prime minister to accommodate rebel leader Riek Machar.

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Senior MP Efisio Kon Uguak in the Western Bahr el Ghazal capital, Wau, on 21 August 2014 (ST)

Speaking to Sudan Tribune on Thursday, Efisio Kon Uguak said the proposal is unconstitutional and should be discarded.

“An attempt to create [a] post of prime minister, which is not in the national constitution is a contrary act towards [the] national parliament,” said Uguak, a former a former deputy governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal and member of the SPLM’s National Liberation Council (NLC).

According to Uguak, the president’s powers are limited to the creation of a second vice-president position.

He said that Machar could potentially be appointed in this role for the sake of peace and to allow a conducive atmosphere for national elections to decide the country’s next president.

As a political power struggle was at the root of the current crisis, he called for the immediate implementation of a power-sharing agreement between the two warring parties to restore peace and stability, saying there was no justification for South Sudanese people to continue to die at the hands of their own people.

Uguak has accused Machar of undermining the signing of a lasting peace deal with the South Sudanese government, as peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, continue to stall.

“If Machar needs to be a president of [the] people of South Sudan through [the] people of south Sudan, [he] should lay down his weapons … and turn to peaceful dialogue to determine his ruling style,” he said.

The South Sudanese government and pro-Machar rebels have been engaged in an armed struggle since mid-December last year when a political dispute within the SPLM turned violent, reigniting tribal tensions across the country.

The conflict has killed thousands and displaced more than a million people, many of whom have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries.

Meanwhile, Uguak has called on the South Sudanese government to protect its citizens from ongoing rebel attacks, describing those who continue to violate a ceasefire agreement signed in January as uneducated and lacking respect for human life.

Uguak also denounced public demands for the introduction of a federalism system of governance in the country, saying a review should first be conducted into current efforts to decentralise power.

(ST)

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  • 22 August 13:31, by Marco Bul

    Is this also a "senior MP"??
    LMFAO!!

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    • 22 August 14:05, by Paul Chadrack

      Mr uguak or dog!, is the president real uncle, kiir mayardit is not a dinka, that is why he created the ongoing war to finish big tribes the dinkas and nuers but few greedy bhar el ghazel dldn’t understood what is behind kiir’s plannings.

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      • 22 August 14:22, by Akit

        Hi Man, Mr. Uguak is not a dog it is you who is a dog why because you are so blindfold by your Idiot or animal call Riek Machar and if you know the definition of Riak and Machar then you would have agreed to what Ugauk is saying. How can you be a leader and you are killing the people you are going to lead does that make sense to you?

        Otherwise your Riak Machar will only be president of yours.

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        • 22 August 18:38, by Mr Point

          How can you be a leader and you are killing the people you are going to lead does that make sense to you?

          REMEMBER: This crisis was caused by a President who started killing innocent civilians in the street.

          REMEMBER: the Constitution was created as part of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement. If a Prime Minister brings peace then change the Constitution.

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  • 22 August 18:41, by Mr Point

    I have not seen this senior member of South Sudan’s ruling party signal killing of civilians by the Presidential Guards that started a civil war.

    Or about the unconstitutional treatment of journalists.

    Or about the unconstitutional disbanding of key SPLM organs because the national convention had been prevented from taking place.

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  • 22 August 22:43, by tootke’bai-ngo

    REJECTION OF ANY COMPROMISES IN THE ONGOING NEGOTIATION IS A REJECTION OF PEACE. WHY DENYING PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN WHAT THEY NEED THE MOST "PEACE" ? THE SO CALLED SENIOR MEMBER OF SPLM MR.UGUAK IS AFTER BRIEF FROM KIIR WHO BRIEFED ALMOST EVERYONE IN HIS FAILED GOVERNMENT EXCEPT THE SPLA SOLDIERS WHO ARE DOING THE REAL TOUGH JOB AT THE FRONTLINE. NO MORE NONESENSE, WE NEED PEACE NOW!!!!!!!!

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    • 23 August 08:57, by Malakal county Simon

      Any constitution can amend whenever it’s possible inline with the majority need!! Which mean Kiir government should not use the constitution as scapegoat against our citizens wishes.

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      • 23 August 12:41, by Mayom County Boy

        To makal county simon ,even you soon you will regret saying i return back from Riek Machar government side ,because you nuer you can n.t support nothing that could not give us reality in our life, it happen many time we follow Riek Machar footstep but there was not good solution after it

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