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South Sudan president rules out stepping down from power

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January 19, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, says he has no intention of stepping down for the sake of unity between the rival factions of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Paul Banks/UNMIS)

Kiir said calls his removal were coming from those seeking to fan discord and instability.

“The demands the others are making are not consistent with the SPLM constitution. Some of them are even calling for the dissolution of the party structure. Their wish is that I must step down, which is a problem if it is not done through proper processes and in [a] peaceful manner,” he said.

“They just want to cause confusion and create enmity within the country … I don’t think I will be in the position to accept stepping down before all the leadership is approved,” he added.

Kiir was speaking at a consultative meeting with Tanzanian president Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who was in the capital, Juba, on a one-day visit to explore options for securing a peaceful resolution of the country’s ongoing conflict.

South Sudan has been embroiled in conflict since mid-December 2013 when political differences and debate on reforms within the SPLM leadership turned violent.

The conflict has reignited tribal tensions across the country, pitting pro-government troops loyal to Kiir against rebel forces aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar.

Kiir also questioned Kikwete whether he would be willing to accept similar treatment as leader of Tanzania’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party.

“The issues they (the rebel faction) are raising shows that they are not interested in peace and unification. They still believe they can change the government through unconstitutional means,” he said.

“There are ways to handle administrative and leadership issues. But in South Sudan, they are mixed up in the name of reforms so that someone is blamed,” he added.

Kikwete’s visit comes after he held a meeting with Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni over the collapse of the intra-SPLM dialogue.

Museveni had earlier personally approached the Tanzanian president to initiate the dialogue on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly held in New York last year.

Machar currently remains in Tanzania and is expected to be briefed on Kikwete’s visit to South Sudan on Monday.

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  • 20 January 2015 06:51, by Lorolokin

    The only thing for this country to go forward is for both Kiir and Machar to step aside because non of them has the country in the heart instead self interest.

    Kinkak.

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    • 20 January 2015 07:03, by Ayom Ayom

      If someone judges you don’t hate them or step down to their level. Ignore them and brush it off otherwise judgmental people will be the death of your own standards. Why did the former vice rejected proposal to name him as a second vice President in a transitional unity government? When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

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    • 20 January 2015 07:04, by dinkdong

      Amen with that!

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      • 20 January 2015 07:09, by dinkdong

        Amen with who said Kiir and Riek should step aside because they are selfish, destructive sons of bi%@#*$!

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    • 21 January 2015 01:25, by chol

      Machar can go hell.

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      • 21 January 2015 10:21, by Mayom County Boy

        @Chol, your mum husband Riek Machar will not rule this country , believe me.
        an less there is no people in this country call South Sudan !

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    • 21 January 2015 01:25, by chol

      Machar can go hell.

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  • 20 January 2015 06:51, by Ajongtar

    Achigam, Mr. Kiir you will only die like you king Dr. John Garang, then peace will prevail in South Sudan.

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    • 20 January 2015 07:05, by Bentiu Sudan

      Kiir,

      You are most world foolish and power hungry president. Your presidency brought Shame to South Sudanese people.

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      • 20 January 2015 14:18, by Muorcienggok

        Stupid Bentiu villager,regardless of what all of you traitors do or say will not let Kiir step down. How do or you stupiditly term Kiir as foolish?Non of you has done what he did, had it not been him,South Sudan would have not Seceded from the North.Never dare compare him with your hyena.Author.wen kucbeny Wek

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      • 20 January 2015 21:20, by Gabriel Ajak

        Hahahaha what Khartoum again? hoo no. Nuer sorry u have a thousand of people who died for shies-pain problem because of always carrying block from down to the top of Arab tawer. if that what u want again u r so welcome to Khartoum Arab is there for u thanks.

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    • 20 January 2015 07:06, by Bentiu Sudan

      Kiir,

      You are most world foolish and power hungry president. Your presidency brought Shame to South Sudanese people.

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      • 20 January 2015 08:13, by Mayom County Boy

        To:Bentiu Sudan
        it is time for you to come up,
        but what i see you always keep hiding your selves
        for how long you claim for nothing with out action ?
        Dinka make south Sudan as their permanent kingdom
        while my fellows nuer people are running up and down in the bush , while dinka are looting money from bank to bank .

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    • 20 January 2015 07:11, by Panda Odhie

      You wish him death but his time did not come for death but though Kiir is out of leadership still South Sudanese problem cannot get solve when Nuer are still because these are people who like disorganization ,example before Riek how many militia were switching in and out. they are naturally born rebels

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  • 20 January 2015 07:09, by Naath Raani

    Greedy for results in death Saddam and Libya president. Kiir is digging his grave and that’s what we all need. Let him die then peace will come. When Devil exis, no good things will be eenjoyed

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    • 20 January 2015 07:24, by Ajongtar

      Kiir, U did not chose to ramain as one of the SPLA/M Founders, God left U on the aerth to maintain the history of the strugle from the people of South Sudan....

      Now I can see that U are an oppotunist who want distroy the history of the strugle including the people os of South Sudan for self intrest, thats why U fired ur finance minister SABUNI and replaces him with Athorbe. Pls step down or die.

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    • 20 January 2015 08:35, by michael coma

      Naath Raani
      The most known greedy person for power is Riek Machar.Kiir will not and not step down due to your foolishness threatens.Atleast we Dinka can tell him to hand it over to another Dinka rather than bringing in Lion to rule us.Riek will rule in the jungle like Lion.

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  • 20 January 2015 07:17, by mzalendo mwema

    Nyagats aka Bentiu South Sudan,

    You will never see Dr fool Riek Machar taking over presidency.The real SPLA is ready to take over if the real SPLM led by his excellency Lt.Gen.Salva Kiir fails.Now both SPLM and SPLA are working confidently in tackling the issue of Dr Useless Riek Machar with his blind supporters.The end of rebellions is coming to an end after this war created by Dr Riek tribalis

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  • 20 January 2015 07:37, by mzalendo mwema

    Naath Raani aka born Nyagat,

    Libya and Iraq are totally different from South Sudan.If they were the same, then Dr Fool Riek Machar would have died in 2002 when he was defeated and surrendered to real SPLM/A.It is Dr Fool Riek Machar who will kiss his ass or grave before Salva Kiir.He came in 2002 with nothing apart from his ass and blood money which he gained from the deaths of millions lives.

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  • 20 January 2015 07:42, by American Missile.

    Mr.President, you are right to assure them that it is your right to be a president of the Republic of south Sudan. you were elected by People, for the People, Of the people.

    Crying frogs do not stop cows from drinking water in the River, let them make noises and they will keep quiet because, it is us who can tell what to do, no them.

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  • 20 January 2015 07:56, by mzalendo mwema

    Rebels,

    Never dream that South Sudanese will return to Khartuom.Reunification of South and North Sudan will never happen until Jesus returns.Both sides are committed to defend their side at all costs.So you, Dr Fool Riek Machar supporters who are sitting between two sides hoping to see opportunities will be losers.How far is Dr Fool Riek Machar from his grave?

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    • 20 January 2015 10:10, by Robot

      The argument between Kikwete and Kiir is constructive, there is nothing offending and sometimes it is true to do things in most peculiar manner, swinging from Addis, Arusha, Khartoum bla bla is nothing and absurd. this is time wasting,, my plea is South Sudanese are suffering.

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  • 20 January 2015 12:17, by Ambago

    As things stand now in RSS, there is nothing like a governing SPLM party. President Kiir’s support now comes from the ’Dinka Council of Elders’. In fact this dream of re-unifying the SPLM only exists in the minds of a few who find it difficult to depart with their foregone past. Why are you people wasting Kikwete’s time as if you guys are really serious. This thing called SPLM is now ’Past Tense’

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  • 20 January 2015 19:43, by Positive Thinker

    Indeed Ambago SPLM died before fully transforming itself into a really political party, from being a liberation movement. RIP

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  • 20 January 2015 20:44, by Eastern

    Dinka thick heads, it’s now not about a Kiir stepping down but it’s about South Sudan as a nation; I can not accept a replica of Museveni’s Uganda in South Sudan

    Separate SPLM from the state, stop thuggery, provide a level playing field for genuine opposition, involve Museveni less in your national affair.

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