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South Sudan peace partners conclude selection of ministries for transitional government

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January 7, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese parties to the recently signed peace agreement have successfully concluded selection of ministries on Thursday without disagreement on key ministries, dispelling fears and speculations that the parties may not reach consensus on sovereign ministries.

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President Salva Kiir meets SPLM-IO Chief Negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, in Juba, December 22, 2015 (ST Photo)

The parties, according to a letter addressed to former Botswana President and a head joint Monitoring and evaluation Commission (JMEC), Festus Mogae, agreed by consensus to divide the ministries without having to use an agreement-provided lottery-like rotational system since there were no disagreements.

"We the parties to the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, without prejudice to the provisions of chapter 1, article 10.5 of the said agreement, on the selection of the ministries and appointment procedure for the ministers and deputy ministers, have agreed by consensus on the allocation of the ministries,” declared the parties in the letter, dated 7 January, containing the selected ministries, seen by Sudan Tribune.

The parties, in accordance with the executive power sharing provisions of quotas, resolved to allow the government to take the 16 ministries of defence and veteran affairs; finance and planning; justice and constitutional affairs; information, communications technology and postal services; minister in the office of the president; trade and industry; wildlife conservation and tourism’ roads and bridges; parliamentary affairs; national security; health; culture, youth and sports; gender, child and social welfare; general education and instructions; livestock and fisheries as well as the ministry of environment and forestry.

The armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of the first vice-president designate, Riek Machar, agreed to take 10 national ministries as follows: petroleum; federal affairs; interior; water resources and irrigation; labour, public service and human resources development; higher education, science and technology; humanitarian affairs and disaster management; land, housing and urban development; energy and dams as well as mining.

The former detainees took the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation as well as transport while other political parties took the ministries of cabinet affairs; and agriculture and food security.

Sources close to the process told Sudan Tribune the first vice-president designate, Riek Machar, may soon be appointed by president Salva Kiir in accordance with the peace agreement, hence to be followed by formation of a transitional government of national unity by 22 January 2016 as scheduled by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC).

The selection of the divisions of the ministerial portfolios is seen as a giant step towards formation of the government which will administer the country for the next 30 months at the end of which a general election will be conducted.

The August peace agreement ended 21 months of violent conflict which erupted on 15 December 2013.

(ST)

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  • 7 January 2016 21:49, by Son of Upper Nile

    Congratulations to all parties for reaching concesus on this important step & may God bless South Sudan

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    • 8 January 2016 04:27, by Mi diit

      We got it!

      Petroleum, soon there will be reform on this important sector.

      Interior, yap, we will tackle unknown gunmen in Juba, etc, and introduce reforms, recommend effective inspector general of police.

      No need for defense position as "coordinator’ since we have our independent army and command structure.

      FDs got foreign affairs, they will talk ill against Kiir internationally.

      Great!

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      • 8 January 2016 04:29, by Mi diit

        I should therefore say congratulations to the people of South Sudan. Here is the road to reforms, etc. South Sudan will never be the same again!

        What a coalition government!

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        • 8 January 2016 07:08, by Son of Upper Nile

          Mi diit. It’s peace time so quit war rhetoric. Remember blessed are peace makers for the shall be called the children of God. Though you mix Bible with Ngundeng believe

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      • 8 January 2016 04:48, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Miidit is a child! Thank to the president & let him continue implementing peace while ill minded ones try planning their evil game of robbing power. Let everyone come as per agreement. No change to deputy ministers & under secretaries! Tell them decrees are paramount active in case of.....

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        • 8 January 2016 05:00, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

          Miidit, there’s nothing bad in the name of Pres. Salva Kiir & the govt left untold internationally by IO & FDs. You rebelled to install Riak Machar as president but all in vain. Ur plans during GoNU are known. Don’t bother to talk of them b’se their implementation will mark the end of history. U’ll get everything u want, peace or war.

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      • 8 January 2016 05:25, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Rebels are laughing since they hear the taking over of ministry of petroleum and mining that was a meant caused of 15-Dec-2013, horns locked.

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        • 8 January 2016 06:26, by Mi diit

          Ayiui,

          You very well know that the ministry of petroleum has been mismanaged by your uncle’s nieces. Now a reform is needed with transparency in this only main resource in the country.

          No secret deals any more with China or any body else based on the oil.

          Got it!

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      • 8 January 2016 07:17, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        Miidit! I don’t know should for u,all they times,u talk a real villager,come on,this is a govt,no rebels,no FDS,no Juba govt n so post,its a transitional govt of national unity,However,anyone heading institutions is serving the nation of FM shall be.Go back to school or see a doctor!

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  • 7 January 2016 22:10, by Wed-wau

    congratulation to People of South Sudan, and to partners in peace for continue acknowledging the suffering of people. We need peace, even though we know they are the same people who destroy our country.

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    • 8 January 2016 07:07, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      You’re forgiven as our people who donot know what they were doing but becareful about craziness,this time no merccy should u again ever ever tried!

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  • 8 January 2016 05:54, by Nyesi Ta

    The people who looted our country to the ground are back. Expect nothing but another looting spree. We should nt congratulate them for nothing but wait to si the imposed agreement through the 30 months pre interim period that’ll b followed by general election which may b another point of contention. Now its jobs and money in the heads of the interest groups but add death, should disagreement ensue

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  • 8 January 2016 06:25, by Akuma

    Dissident Riek and his Supporters should appreciate President Kiir as he is still President of South Sudan. No president can do what Pre. Kiir did even dissident Riek Machar and his supporters can never do it. But because of peace....He did it for the sake of South Sudanese people who have suffered so long to have peace...Maburuk President Kiir

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    • 8 January 2016 06:28, by Mi diit

      Akuma,

      And note that Kiir will not be president forever.

      Just a little reminder!

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      • 8 January 2016 07:12, by Akuma

        All of them will leave power including your dissident leader Riek Machar. But President Kiir will be remember by all South Sudanese people rather than Riek Machar who believe on Ngundeng propaganda

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  • 8 January 2016 07:07, by Dengda

    Its win-win solution
    reform is certain,corruption gone hell.
    congratulation to the parties involved, thid sprite should it have been displayed in 2014, lives wouldn’t have lost.
    the next is justice to previal.

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  • 8 January 2016 08:22, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    President Kiir, did very tangible reform of ministries by taking destructed ministry of petroleum and mining to the former rebels group of Riek Machar. Well rebels destroyed to the maximum, let them repair its, all facilities which has got damaged and to recoiled the fragile relationship with Khartoum.

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  • 8 January 2016 17:18, by Angelo Achuil

    "No one is able to govern another man without his consent"
    Our leaders need to learn that authoritarian style of governance (one man with power to dissolve all) isn’t working, we cannot rest from civil wars like Sudan had been and will always be until firing power is shared. Fix the constitution first and peace will stay.

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