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Lam Akol declines to meet President Kiir over formation of new government


January 21, 2016 (JUBA) - Lam Akol, chairman of the opposition Democratic Change (DC) party and overall leader of national alliance of more than 18 South Sudan political parties out of the government, has declined meeting President Salva Kiir over formation of a new transitional government, calling for amendment of the constitution first.

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South Sudan’s main opposition leader, Lam Akol (AFP)

Akol also said an amended constitution must also recognize that the country would be governed through the existing 10 states as it is stipulated in the peace agreement which president Kiir himself and the leader of the armed opposition faction of SPLM-IO, Riek Machar, had signed in August 2015.

The opposition’s alliance leader and the minister of cabinet affairs, Martin Elia Lomuro, were expected to meet President Kiir over ministerial portfolios allocated to "Other Political Parties", but Akol told reporters on Thursday that he did not meet the president and has not met him in “more than a year and half.”

He was reacting to reports quoting presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny as claiming that Akol and Lomuro with other political leaders from other political parties have met with the president on Tuesday to work out how to form a transitional government.

Ateny said that the government has selected its 16 ministerial portfolios and that the process began on Monday. He said that Lomuro "is in agreement with the government" but Akol had reservations.

This implies that the government is trying to suck in the opposition groups to form a transitional government on the basis of the 28 states and without the agreement of the SPLM-IO faction.

Akol however said he declined participating in committees that are working out transitional government on principle, adding his alliance of 18 political parties had rejected formation of the government which recognizes 28 as it violated the agreement.

He expressed hope that the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) will have to make a decision to ensure that the “supremacy of the agreement prevails” and revert the country back to 10 states as it is the system which the peace agreement had recognized when it was signed in August last year.

The other opposition parties are given the ministerial portfolios of cabinet affairs and agriculture.


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  • 22 January 2016 06:50, by Gabriel Ajak

    U must meet him or miss the position of ur party.

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    • 22 January 2016 09:13, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Calling 28 states to be reserves back to 10, is totally wrong.

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  • 22 January 2016 06:59, by Hardlinner

    the matter of 28 states created by kiir can be handle by people not any party. since 95% of states are happy with decision, i don’t see any reason that would make any party to go against people choices. there no big deal in such decision. the opposition should just get alone with decision and rather work on implementation of peace.

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    • 22 January 2016 07:59, by Bazinguaboy

      The peoples’ choice may be in support of the 28 states but the topmost choice of the people is the realization of peace. I can’t understand why some people think that the 28 states is a lot more important than peace and the people of this republic who have suffered sooooo much and have had soooo little in exchange for their suffering.
      Peace first, 28 or 78 states later.

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    • 22 January 2016 08:05, by KEAT BAYAk

      There is need to have peace first then creating more states. I’m sure once we have peace in place, if it is a public demand, then they can raise it up. I doubt if the creation of 28 States is the type of Federalism people of South Sudan have been crying for. Creating more States while working on the peace process is like saving two masters at ago which I think is impossible.

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  • 22 January 2016 07:33, by Mr Point

    Where is the factual evidence that citizens want the Constitution broken to form 28 states?

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  • 22 January 2016 08:34, by Gabriel KK

    Lam Akol is 100% better than Riek Machar, I would be happy to see his Dc party participating in the new government of national unity. And I am disappointed on the other hand by the idleness of this man, sitting at home without passing his bright brain to students at Juba National University.

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  • 22 January 2016 08:47, by Agutthon

    Poor Doctor! If you’re overzealous about not breaking anything, why did you break away from the bush in 1991?

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  • 22 January 2016 09:00, by Mapuor

    Dr Lam Akol must know that the defunct ten states have died forever. We are all in charge of our destinies in the 28 states. Dictators like Dr Riek Machar and Dr Lam Akol are still living in the past. Nobody is any body’s majority. President Kiir Oyeee.Freedom Oyeeee.Self governance Oyeeee.Down down with reactionaries.

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  • 22 January 2016 09:45, by Eastern

    Dr Lam Akol is a high calibre leader; he’s declined to dine in the Gogrial kichen. If Elia Lumoro is comfortable with the offer from Kiir, which I think he is, let him embrace it. I wish we had ten Dr Lam Akols in South Sudan. Tired of midiocre leaders!!

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  • 22 January 2016 16:06, by marie

    A lot of the supporters of the 28 states are still lurking in other states. If you people believe in the 28 states, then it is time to go and develop them instead of occupying the lands of other people in other states. Have of the people in Juba should be gone except those working for the government or NGO but this is not the case.

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    • 22 January 2016 17:07, by Abyei Soil

      28 states + Abyei no more negotiations, Lam should join Riek or remained silence, I never found people’s demands being revoked, it is called irreversable item in English Language.

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      • 23 January 2016 02:59, by Malakal county Simon

        Look at this black slave above called himself Abyie Soil,

        Why supporting an idea that you’re not including in?? I meant if even we say yes to it, what will you gains from it?? Please leave our internal affairs issue to its owners, its none of your business... I were you, I should be more worries about my own fate.... And then maybe put my nose on other people’s businesses!!!!!!

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  • 22 January 2016 18:30, by marie

    Who do you people think is Salva Kiir to impose things on people? He is just a man like any other person in South Sudan. Please stop worshiping this man

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