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S. Sudanese MPs extend president Kiir’s term until 2018

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March 24, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese lawmakers on Tuesday passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015, extending for more three years president Salva Kiir’s mandate in office.

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South Sudanese MPs stand during a parliamentary session in Juba on 31 August 2011 (AFP)

President Kiir’s term, according to South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution, officially ends on 9 July. This prompted the introduction of the Bill, which sought to extend the president’s term in office for two additional years.

270 lawmakers attended Tuesday’s session with 264 voting in support of the extension while six opposition MPs voted against parliament’s decision.

The motion passed by parliament will see president Kiir in power until July 2018.

“It is unanimously agreed that the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 is passed and will become law on its signature by the president,” said speaker Manasse Mangok Rundial.

Opposition lawmakers had earlier tried to block the Bill but failed due to their few numbers in the assembly compared to their counterparts from the ruling party (SPLM).

Currently, there about six members from the main opposition, SPLM-DC in parliament, while the ruling SPLM party consists of 325 lawmakers.

The Bill will now be sent to the presidency before it is eventually signed into law.

Thomas Kundu, head of parliament’s information committee, said the extension will enable the country organise national census, draw its constituency borders and plan elections.

The mandate of current parliamentarians was equally extended for three additional years.

Dengtiel Kur, the chairperson of the assembly’s legal affairs committee said the ongoing conflict necessitated the decision by MPs to extend the terms of elected positions based on Article 100 (2) of the constitution.

(ST)

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  • 24 March 2015 16:39, by Positive Thinker

    I can see writing on the wall,

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  • 24 March 2015 16:39, by Redeemer

    And Riek has to extend his rebellion as well. Riek will give in like Midiit

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  • 24 March 2015 17:02, by Whortti Bor Manza

    It was a joke for the election commission to announce that elections will be held on the 30/6/2015 under these current circumstances. Let the government concentrate on peace, reconciliations, census and registration of all political parties, and then conducts free and fair elections so that Kiir is voted out. Bravo NLA MPs.

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  • 24 March 2015 18:14, by Mr Point

    Did they consider the question of whether Kiir had a mandate for killing innocent civilians?

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  • 24 March 2015 18:33, by lino

    Wow!!! South Sudan is heading into long term war. God have mercy on. Your people!!!

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  • 24 March 2015 18:49, by Lopita

    I think there is no hope for any bright future in this country. How can the same people we entrusted to represent us do this kind of betrayal. Do we have MPs in Parliament or just bread seeker. OMG am totally confused.

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  • 24 March 2015 19:22, by lino

    Is the term extended 3 years for MP’s as well or Gen. Kiir will keep using decrees??/

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  • 24 March 2015 19:50, by denis

    Unanimously agreed! 264 to 6 ! Doesn’t the speaker understand plain English!

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  • 24 March 2015 19:52, by denis

    I presume the parliamentarians will just keep voting themselves back every 3 years from now on! It is not what I understand by democracy!

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    • 24 March 2015 21:16, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      You guys have save the country from choas that will have a risen from forced elections.you won now with a staggering 99.9 % against rebels and oppositions.

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  • 25 March 2015 06:50, by Letigolight

    Neither the parliament, nor the current president have the mandate to extend their term in office. Remember, an elected parliament and president can only be given a mandate to govern by the people. The only solution out of any mess is to instal a transitional government manned by neutral executives by July 9th, 2015. Kiir and Machar OUT if the South SUdanese need peace!

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  • 25 March 2015 09:08, by Eastern

    Now there is enough reasons for South Sudanese to take up arms against the always sleepy Rundial and his sycophant MPs, these folks in the August house have just extended their lifelines. The economic situation in the country is dire. The writings is on the wall!

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    • 25 March 2015 11:07, by Frak Cho

      In African countries, the politicians are the one responsible for the president long term stay in the office due to rebellions. The civilians are always silent. This year before 9th July 2015, president Kiir would have faced by voters not bullets.

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      • 25 March 2015 11:54, by Koang

        BReAching of SS Laws.......................BY..USing self Promotion and demote States GOverNors,
        Will South Sudanese be extending powers in future by creating insecurities?

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  • 25 March 2015 12:10, by Koang

    CON.
    Shame to MPs for robing South Sudanese/constitutions to pay themselves and the President.
    sorry, citizens without a pOWER.

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