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South Sudan president says will run for 2018 elections

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April 17, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, said there is a possibility he will run for another term in office after 2018, saying the decision will however be decided by the people and not “others with intention to install puppet government to exploit resources.”

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir waits for the arrival of his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, in Juba on May 23, 2013. (Photo Reuters)

He said the opposition faction leadership was returning to Juba with a new strategy to take over power from his and his supporters, calling on his government’s officials and supporters to work hard as an internal front.

“They are coming, yes we have accepted them to come but this should [not] be construed to mean we have surrendered or have accepted what they are after. The regime change has not changed. They have not abandoned [it]. They are coming in as part of another strategy,” said President Kiir.

“This requires more work with the internal front. We need to consolidate rank and forget whatever small issues that may be there,” he added.

The head of state was speaking on Saturday at his residence to a select group of his political allies, including his long-time military and political ally, General Paul Malong Awan, chief of general staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the official army of South Sudan.

Kiir said he is in power because he has been elected by the people and that no person will tell him to go unless it is a decision of the people.

“You know this slogan of so and so must go is not something new. The people who coined this slogan are coming, others are with us; but did it work even when it was sung like a song? I don’t believe in this thing, somebody waking up in the morning and say so and so must go, go where?” asked President Kiir.

He said the officials were in power in different capacities because they have been given mandate by the government elected by the people.

“If the people come and say go’, we will go. But if the people say ’no, we still need you’, we stay on. It is people who decide not some people. If the people want us to stay, then [who] are these people with this slogan? Let them and we work together as brothers and sisters so that we see together how we can address issues in a way that will not polarize our people,” he added.

The president accused his political rivals and potential successors of wishing him dead and told supporters to unite against foreign enemies whom he said wanted to destroy the youngest African nation.

“They have been spreading lies and negative propaganda even before they left. Now they have not stopped. They are coming back with it. You know they have been saying I am sick, oh I am dying. I am not dying. Instead they are blessing me and my family. They even claimed in 2015 General Malong was in a critical situation yet he was with me here and there was nothing with him,” he explained.

Kiir, a former rebel commander turned politician and became president of the new country after seceding from neighbouring Sudan in 2011, assured supporters to not panic if they are not appointed in the new government, saying they would be appointed in other capacities in the government.

He spoke after presiding over a special session of the cabinet on Saturday which was attended by all ministers and their deputies. Information and broadcasting minister who is the official government spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth, told reporters that the government is optimistic that the opposition leader, Riek Machar, will come on Monday to allow the start of implementation of the peace agreement.

“It is worth mentioning that, this may be if Riek Machar comes, then this will be the last meeting of the current cabinet and I hope that by next Friday then, we are going to have the meeting of the cabinet of transitional government of national unity," said Lueth.

He revealed that they have received information from Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission [JMEC} that Machar will arrive at 10:00am on Monday and he will take the oath of office upon arrival on the same day.

The opposition leader, according to minister Lueth, will also go to the mausoleum of founding leader of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), late John Garang, to pay his respect.

He will not address any public rally but he will speak to the media on arrival at Juba international airport.

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  • 17 April 2016 22:34, by Khent

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again... the old man has clearly gone gaga. He is so terribly out of touch with reality that he has deluded himself into believing that he is popular and wanted. There has been absolutely no development since this man took charge of this ’country’... in fact the opposite is true — there has been regression and more suffering.

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    • 18 April 2016 00:41, by Mr Point

      Khent is correct. Those who voted for Kiir in the election did not vote for
      Massive corruption
      Fake coup
      Civil War
      Proposed 28 states

      The voters were not asked if they wanted any of these things. What did we get?
      Corruption, coup, civil war and unconstitutional dictatorship.

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    • 18 April 2016 08:12, by Mapuor

      Dear Khent
      We are now more determined than any time in our history to see those who liberated this land rule for long.President Kiir must rule for life. Ballots and bullets are on our side. We have developed South Sudan and only idiots do not see that.

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  • 17 April 2016 23:17, by dinkdong

    Bashir said the same thing before he got reelected into office in 2015.

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  • 17 April 2016 23:29, by sudani ana

    That’s it, once you get a taste of that seat of power there is no giving it up. It’s going to be ’until death do us part’. Ask Bashir, Musevini, Gaddafi, ASAP etc...

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    • 18 April 2016 05:49, by salah

      My goodness gracious, I can’t believe my eyes, this is the first time and most probably the last that Khent, Mr Point, Dinkdong and Sudan Ana, readily agree on one thing. By the way, where is Mii Dit? haven’t seen him for a long time

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      • 18 April 2016 05:50, by salah

        Sudani Ana

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      • 18 April 2016 10:11, by dinkdong

        Salah,
        That’s funny! Honestly, I have never been opposite to most of the guys you’ve just mentioned. Maybe Mii Dit and all the fools that blindly supported Kiir and Riek. I don’t support any of them and so is Khent and others, but thanks!

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        • 18 April 2016 13:32, by salah

          Dear Dinkdong, I enjoy reading your posts here. Very reasonable, balanced and intellectual. I see much tribalism and extreme hatred here that is down right destructive. It is also sad how SS Government copied all the mistakes of Sudan Government. SS needs people like you to come out of this mess.

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  • 18 April 2016 03:10, by Thyinka

    It is going to be hard to vote for Kiir in 2018 given his poor development record. I just hope that there is a better alternative than Riek Machar who is just power hungry and no better either. There is not much to hope for in term of development in South Sudan under the current crop of politicians. The election will be fought on the platform of "it is our turn to eat".

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    • 18 April 2016 04:55, by Hardlinner

      we need young minds with sense of direction. the old fools have ruined the country. Kiir, Riek, pagan, and rest of their corrupt mates have stole quite alot of south Sudan resources. we no long value your leadership skills. even chimpanzee will be more preferable than you guys in the eyes of reasonable people.

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  • 18 April 2016 04:18, by Uncle J

    Let’s wait and see if Riek Machar will repeat the same mistakes being critical of the government
    Kiir leads always saying it has lose visions, directions...all rubbish he can say simple because he is not the president. How dumb it is to compaign negatively under the government you serve.

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    • 18 April 2016 05:28, by choldit

      That is it! If are not rdy for a sucidal act this time then this will be the last time of Mr. Bola Malual’s "Dinka born to rule" policy. And possibly the starting of South Sudanese to live together in peace not fear under wise leadership of people like Dr. Riek Machar and others. Let give peace a chance this time, south Sudanese!

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  • 18 April 2016 06:58, by Joseph Canada

    I smell the election rigging votes in 2018 already. Its either that or many people will be killed or forced to vote for a certain person. This is what all African presidents do. Its the new African leadership way.

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  • 18 April 2016 08:01, by Kenyang

    Salva Kiir vs Riek Machar

    Assume elections are held today fair and balance with South Sudanese ask to choose btn these two men. Kiir would easily win. Kiir in person or SPLA background is not match to Riek. Other than opportunists, Riek has no support in Bhar al Ghazal. Kiir would easily win parts of Upper Nile and Equatoria pushing him to above 50%. It’s similar if you want to go by tribes.

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  • 18 April 2016 08:19, by Mapuor

    Dear Brothers
    We are now more determined than any time in our history to see those who liberated this land rule for long.President Kiir must rule for life. Ballots and bullets are on our side. We have developed South Sudan and only idiots do not see that. Fools like Khent and others have never seen how we have developed Juba,Wau,Yambio,Bor,Rumbek,Kuajok,Aweil,Torit,Nimule etc

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    • 18 April 2016 08:58, by Kenyang

      Mapour,
      We can agree to disagree, Khent is not a fool for pointing out obvious. May be you are talking about dream developments not existing towns. While no one can take away Kiir humble contribution in liberation, his presidency is a curse.

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      • 18 April 2016 12:46, by Malakal county Simon

        Dear unwanted president

        Are you inciting another senseless war???? Or do you have an evidence-based that support your claimed that those opposition of Dr Machar and possibly otherpolitical parties, want to snatch the country leadership from you???? Or do you think South Sudan is Kingdom???? just a fear out of blue????

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        • 18 April 2016 12:54, by Malakal county Simon

          Cont...

          Your best to look for retirement and give others a chance, because with you being power for the last 10 years, it’s like a car without a gas!!!!!

          It’s time for others and surely, you!!!!

          Thank you!!!!

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          • 18 April 2016 12:59, by Malakal county Simon

            Correction,
            It’s time for others and surely, not you!!!!

            Thank you!!!!

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  • 18 April 2016 13:58, by Dumodit

    If power to rule is given by people by vote as stated by president Kiir, let’s wait until 2018.

    I am felt shame when I did wrong against fellowman.
    Do people instigated crimes and devastation not feel ashamed?

    God who placed us in this land of SS knows our future prosperities. He will answer us when we cry for help?

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