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South Sudan cabinet calls off June election

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February 13, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s general elections, initially set for 30 June this year, will not take place as planned, the country’s council of ministers resolved at its regular meeting.

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South Sudan’s council of ministers convene a meeting on 20 January 2011 in the capital, Juba (Photo courtesy of the GoSS)

Members of cabinet on Friday agreed to extend, through parliament, the mandate of the president and the national legislature for two more years.

All amendments discussed will be tabled before MPs next week.

“In our quest for peace, the cabinet has decided to call off the elections and extend the lifespan of the elected positions so that we give peace a chance,” the country’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, told reporters in Juba.

According to the country’s 2011 transitional constitution, the mandate of president Salva Kiir and entire government officially expires on 9 July.

“Cabinet will now work with the national parliament to amend the constitution in a way that extends the mandate of the movement to 9 July 2017,” he said.

The council’s decision comes barely a day after the High Court set 3 March as the date to hear a petition filed by 18 political parties against the National Elections Commission (NEC).

The petitioners say elections cannot be conducted without a permanent constitution in place.

(ST)

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  • 13 February 2015 17:33, by Positive Thinker

    What happened to the famous song "it is unconstitutional to delay election" or did you release today that peace could be given a chance? FOOls your honey moon days are running out.

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    • 14 February 2015 04:53, by Malakal county Simon

      Continuing of oils sale declining, lack of funds, and refusal of major donors, are the main caused of unpopular election postponement....... As Kiir mandate to lead the nation is near to its end, it’s advisable that unwanted Kiir must step-down after July 9 to save his tainted legacy....... And more importantly, to avoid Gadaafi fate.......

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    • 14 February 2015 10:04, by Ayuen deng

      What??????????????? Call off the elections !!!! then prepare for other big fight of eligibility of the government term which will give rebels and UN a strong ground to say Kiir is not eligible president and they will force him to step down and rule they will country as they want.Just wait for July to come the whole world will call Salva kiir to step down and call for elections in November.

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  • 13 February 2015 17:45, by lino

    Hahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Come July 9, 2015, if you cowboys and cowgirls didn’t accept Peace Agreement, you days are gone, and all positions in the Government consider un-constitutional including the Presidency will be Non-Elect now!!!
    Peace is better Boys. Otherwise, there will be a Constitution Vacuum in the country.

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  • 13 February 2015 19:05, by Kim Deng

    Who cares if the Dinka King, Mr. Slava reign for more years as long as the war, which was imposed on Nuer nation still contuing?

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    • 14 February 2015 16:37, by Mapuor

      Kim Deng
      Hahahah where are you now?.You have seen how men behave. You use to write about conquering people, what has happened. Elections were meant for legitimizing the government, It has nothing to do with handful of Nyagaats who are currently living in Ethiopia and Sudan.

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  • 13 February 2015 19:15, by acuil deng

    Two more years that’s what Omar El Bashiir always says, and still saying. Do you see the similarity now?

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    • 13 February 2015 19:39, by Koang

      Toally Wrong-u Know the Constitutions and the Bible. but do not try other wrong one in the future. U might be the victim.

      Tricky Justice.

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    • 13 February 2015 22:01, by Northern Sudanese

      Omar albashir said elections will take place in April 2010, sadiq was calling for a november elections. bashir kept his word and elections took place on april. this year elections will take place too in north sudan

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  • 14 February 2015 06:12, by Eastern

    Stupid cabinet foresaw what the case before the Supreme Court holds for Kiir’s disorganised government. The law cannot be applied retrospectively. The supreme law of the land talks of a national census preceding any election. Kiir’s is gone by July 9, 2015. Mark my words! An interime government without Kiir or Machar will have to be formed to move S. Sudan forward. I am sick & tired of the two!

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  • 14 February 2015 09:17, by Joseph Canada

    Lets give chance to someone who come from the little Minority tribe in the nation to become the president. Give David Yau Yau the chance to lead the nation or the Anyuak leader if there’s one.

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    • 14 February 2015 12:09, by the Voices of a losts

      I do agree with you brother I think yau-yau or different persons can do better job then these fake headed, we have here.

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  • 14 February 2015 15:26, by acuil deng

    It does not matter if the cat is black or white, but it matters if it does not catch the mice! Neither Kiir or Machar is able to end the conflict and bring about the peace to our people, therefore, a replacement for both leaders is a must in order to bring peace to this suffering nation.

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  • 15 February 2015 16:19, by ykanna

    Many thanks for the wise observation that most of you have done .
    our cabinet ministers have really failed to discover early the ploy that will later deny President Kiir a right to fight the insurgency in the new nation. I am sure, most international world bodies like , UN,Au and IGAD will desperately later call president Kiir to step aside due to his tenure invalidity.

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