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S. Sudan opposition alliance back calls for unity gov’t formation

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February 2, 2016 (JUBA) – An alliance of 18 South Sudanese political parties has warmly welcomed regional calls for the formation of the country’s Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU) this week.

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

The 55th Extra-Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said on Sunday that various parties that were signatory to South Sudan’s August 2015 peace agreement, which ended 21 months of conflict, should form the TGoNU in the first week of February.

The regional foreign ministers, in statement extended to Sudan Tribune, said obstacles to South Sudan’s peace implementation process be negotiated afterwards.

“Although the National Alliance has been calling all along for the decision to create 28 states to be revoked, we believe that the compromise proposal by IGAD to suspend its operationalisation for a month is something we can live with in order to salvage the peace process,” said the alliance.

“We congratulate IGAD for reminding all of us to stick to the strict implementation of the Peace Agreement as this is the only way to end the suffering of our people and keep the country united,” its statement added.

The process to form the TGoNU hit a snag in after President Salva Kiir decree the formation of 28 states in October last year, contrary to provisions in the regional and internationally-backed peace agreement.

But IGAD said the South Sudanese government, the armed opposition-led by former vice president Riek Machar and other parties would discuss the stalemate “subsequent to the formation of the TGoNU at national level.”

The IGAD ministers said in the absence of agreement on the creation of new states, further action on implementing the operationalisation of new states until an inclusive, participatory National Boundary Commission comprising all Parties to ARCSS reviews proposed states and their boundaries, and that this review process occur, for a period of one month.

On Monday, however, President Kiir’s government welcomed the communiqué saying it was consistent with government’s position and the negotiations on the number of states will continue after forming TGoNU.

The national opposition alliance will nominate a minister to the 30 months interim government. Another minister allocated to the opposition parties will be selected by a separate opposition group allied to the government. SPLM-IO will name 10 ministers and President Kiir will name 16.

The former political detainees have already nominated two ministers for foreign affairs, transport as well as the deputy minister for foreign affairs.

(ST)

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  • 3 February 2016 06:26, by Mi diit

    Kiir is a lone wolf struggling to swim in the middle of the big blue sea.

    Back to the basics!

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    • 3 February 2016 06:49, by Dinka-Defender-General

      You’re wrong Mi Diit. 60% south Sudan backup president Kiir. So stop your nonsense post. President Kiir was elected to the office and people will discharge him not you and Machar. Now, I believe that when a person becomes nyagat, he/she gets out it. Machar and his supporters will dead as nyagats or terrorists. It is sad and hurtful.

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      • 3 February 2016 07:07, by Eastern

        Ha,ha,....

        I am wondering where this dinka-something gets their figure of 60% support for Kiir.

        It’s no wonder that South Sudan is in a situation that it’s currently in thanks to those kind of individuals.

        Mi Diit, you are better off not responding to such folks. Shame!

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        • 3 February 2016 10:12, by Akuma

          IGAD is union of 7 countries and those countries has their own constitutions and non of them can act against another. IGAD statement regarding 28 States will have no effect on the implementation of 28. All governors are working well and no one can stop them not to go ahead. Anyone who will suspend stop 28 States will the enemies of all South Sudanese people whose demand has been hijack.

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      • 3 February 2016 07:54, by Developer

        60% backing president Kiir, hell no! I total disagreed with your statement and to tell you the true, Dinka Jienge council of elders have spoiled reputations of your president Kiir. It’s a political move that We the equatoria are ready to welcome Dr. Riek Machar on a red carpet.

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      • 3 February 2016 09:11, by Malakal county Simon

        Dinka Defend foods

        Keep barking and you will be the one to kiss the ground first...... I know who you’re...... You been exposed by my good Dinka friend here in Juba......And be inform that’s I,m also in Juba as part of the SPLM_IO impelementations team, and we will see who will hit who first...... Ya Slave (fomer British collabrators)......

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