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S. Sudan president calls for cooperation with Machar


April 26, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, has called on Riek Machar, first vice president and Wani Igga, vice president, to cooperate with him in the new government that will be formed soon.

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First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) and President Salva Kiir (R) listen to the national anthem following a ceremony during which Machar was sworn in on April 26, 2016. (Phot AFP/Samir Bol)

Kiir who spoke during the swearing in ceremony of Machar on Tuesday in the Republican Palace [J1] in Juba said he would not expect an opposition in both the executive and legislative branches of his government when a transitional unity government is formed inclusive of opposition parties.

Machar is the head of the armed opposition party of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) and will have 10 ministers in the national cabinet and about 70 members of parliament in the national legislative assembly.

“In the Transitional Government of National Unity, we do not expect opposition neither in the Executive nor in the Parliament,” said President Kiir.

The new unity government, if formed soon, will start to implement the challenging peace agreement, which President Kiir signed with numerous reservations. On Tuesday, he reminded that the peace deal has many challenges and would not be easy to implement.

Analysts also say the new government will be likely confrontational and cooperation will not be easy given the opposing views to its interpretation and what to implement or not to implement. The opposition factions may push for its full implementation while the government is expected to prefer selective implementation.

The first test of cooperation when the government is formed is how to tackle the number of states the country should have. Government has unilaterally created 28 states and the opposition calls for the decision to be reversed, and backed by the East African regional bloc – IGAD – which mediated the peace agreement.

But president Kiir who addressed the armed opposition leader as " my brother" during his speech asked for cooperation from his two deputies.

“I therefore call upon all of you – and especially the first vice president and the vice president – to cooperate with me so that we return our country to the peaceful coexistence,” he said.

"Now that Dr. Riek has come and has taken the oath of office as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan we will immediately proceed to establish the Transitional Government of National Unity,” said President Kiir

The formation of the transitional government of national unity, according to president Kiir, shall restore the confidence of the people and the international partners in their abilities as the leaders of the country to implement the agreement without failure.

"Now we must move forward in order to address the challenges occasioned by the conflict. We acknowledge that there are unresolved issues related to the agreement, but I promise we will resolve those matters amicably. This is the only choice for us to relieve our people from the undeserved suffering associated with the armed conflict imposed upon them. I believe this is the only way to return South Sudan to the path of peace, stability and prosperity,” he pointed out.

He admitted there will be challenges during the course of implementation of the peace agreement, especially the unresolved issues related to the agreement, but will resolve them “amicably.”

He apologized, and on behalf of everyone else in the leadership, for taking part in the responsibility which created the war and the suffering of the people.

"I repeat our apologies to the people of South Sudan for the situation we the leaders have created,” he said.

He commended the people of South Sudan for being “patient” in the face of the suffering and “throughout the duration of this crisis” further warning that although the road to peace is still bumpy, he would try his best to restore peace.

“Though the road ahead will still continue to have challenges but we are committed and determined to move our country forward,” he added.

Earlier, the opposition leader, Machar, who spoke before President Kiir shortly after his taking oath of office, said he would cooperate with President Kiir and the third person in command, Igga.

Machar said the first priorities for the new government would be to tackle insecurity in the country and restore stability, revive the country’s economy and address the humanitarian situation in the young nation.

Described by analysts as the first most powerful vice president in the history of Africa who will split the cabinet with the President as he nominates 10 ministers; have lawmakers in national parliament; govern oil-producing states and command a separate co-national army and police, Machar called on the peace partners to implement the peace agreement in letter and spirit.

The two leaders are expected to form a transitional government by Friday this week.


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  • 27 April 2016 06:52, by salah

    So far so good, let us hope this spirt of cooperation will last. BTW, is this the only way Machar find to dress to come to this monumental occasion? What was he thinking?

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  • 27 April 2016 07:04, by Panda Odhie

    The analysis say that is the first most powerful VP in Africa, that is not true analysis, what about Dr John Garang when he sign CPA? This should be your own fiction Mr Writer.

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    • 27 April 2016 07:19, by Akook

      During CPA, Bashir maintained 56% of national government and SPLM got 27%.
      Now, Kiir maintained 53% government. Riek with out other oppositions got 33%

      By comparison Riek would be still more powerful than John Garang used to be with Bashir

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      • 27 April 2016 07:22, by Eastern


        I couldn’t agree more. Good analysis.

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    • 27 April 2016 07:21, by Eastern


      Dr Garang as the vice of Omar el Bashir was not a strong person in the Sudan (2005). He might have been a very strong man in the then semi-autonomous Southern Sudan, fate was not on his side to showcase his leadership. R.I.P, Dr Garang. Read the text of the ARCISS to find out the power wielded by Dr Machar.

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      • 27 April 2016 07:32, by Khent


        You people are delusional if you think these percentages mean anything. Based on the millions of people that came out to receive him during his visit to Khartoum and the support that he had in the Nuba mountains, Blue Nile, far North and South Sudan... it was clear that Dr. John Garang could easily have won the Presidential election in the country. Riek doesn’t command such support.

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        • 27 April 2016 07:41, by Khent

          And Riek will only be in this position for 30 months and will then NEVER get close to the Executive position. We will not permit him to get there, under any circumstances. That TRAITOR should be content with being permitted to draw breath. We could easily have disposed of him when he returned in 2002. He is lucky that the ever incompetent Salva couldn’t neutralize him.

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        • 27 April 2016 09:31, by Eastern


          You are one of those delusional person you are referring to. When Dr Garang "triumphantly" return to Khartoum, were the southern Sudanese in prevented from lining the streets to cheer him? What happened to billboards bearing the photos of Dr Machar in Juba. Why were his supporters arrested and tortured by NISS operatives. Dr Riek’s supporters are just being clamped down on!!!

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          • 27 April 2016 10:01, by Khent


            You’re trying too hard. There is no comparing Garang’s virtually complete popularity within the united Sudan to Riek’s mostly tribally confined popularity. Your post is an example of the fallacy of question-begging. It’s when you use a rhetorical question, to make an assertion that you have no evidence for. What evidence you have that Riek’s supporters were tortured in Juba?

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            • 27 April 2016 10:09, by Khent

              Let’s assume that he could garner the support of millions of people (like Garang)... were they all so afraid that they were completely dissuaded from coming out to receive him? Let’s assume that they were intimidated... a significant portion should have come out to receive him. That didn’t happen. Do you really expect people to allow the plastering of billboards of that TRAITOR in the capital?

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              • 27 April 2016 10:14, by Khent

                Riek should never have been allowed to return in 2002. He should have been allowed to freeze in the political cold after his Arab masters left him humiliated. Riek is a mass murderer, responsible for the deaths of close to 30, 000 civilians in 91. Every breath that he draws is an act of thievery. He has no right to live after denying tens of thousands of people of their right to breath...

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                • 27 April 2016 10:24, by Khent

                  The massacres against the Dinka of the Upper Nile region directly consumed the lives of thousands, while condemning tens of thousands more to their deaths due to the attendant infirmities of disease and artificial famine, as a consequence of the depredations wrought on these areas by Riek’s forces in 91.

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                  • 27 April 2016 10:25, by Khent

                    The massacre was not the end of the tragedy in Bor, however. An estimated 100, 000 people fled the area following the attack, and after many of the villages had been burnt to the ground. According to Amnesty International, famine brought about by looting and the destruction of crops and livestock killed a further 25, 000 people, many of them children.( South Sudan, Max Lovell-Hoare)

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                    • 27 April 2016 10:26, by Khent

                      This is what Riek said to a journalist-historian in the wake of the 1991 split:

                      He discounted tribalism as “from a different age”, though boasted that he has “not seen a Nuer who doesn’t support me.” In the same breath, he added, “if there is a tribal element, the Nuer would destroy all the Dinka.” (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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                      • 27 April 2016 10:26, by Khent

                        "The atrocities committed are things [the Dinka] asked for”, he said. He claimed he had dictated what happened: “Fighting at Bor did not get out of control. I was in total control of how far the troops went. “(Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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                        • 27 April 2016 10:28, by Khent

                          Is this the same man that claims that he can unite the people of South Sudan!? How!? How will reconciliation be possible under him when he is guilty of having murdered -directly and indirectly- 30, 000 civilians!? He is a deceptive, mass murdering chauvinist. He has no genuine regard for democracy or equality. He has killed tens of thousands of civilians. He is tainted. He has no credibility.

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                          • 27 April 2016 10:35, by Khent

                            The souls of the thousands of our women, children and the elderly that Riek butchered in the 90s scream out for vengeance and we are infinitely more receptive to their faint voices in the distance than we are to any voice in the present. The hatred we harbor for that death-deserving TRAITOR will burn all those that insist on installing him in a position not reserved for TRAITORS.

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      • 27 April 2016 15:55, by Hardlinner

        Eastern, the power isonot determine by number of seats, but by fire strength. In that case Garang was more powerful 1st vice president than Riek. Remember Garang was in control of most towns in south sudan where as riek was the opposite.

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        • 27 April 2016 16:59, by Khent


          Exactly! Under the CPA, Garang had the entire South whereas Riek doesn’t even have control over his own home town. Firepower is ultimately what determines matters in this part of the world. We will NEVER allow Riek to become President — even if it means war.

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    • 27 April 2016 07:22, by salah

      Exactly, correct. In fact the position of first VP, is copied and adapted from the CPA and the position held by the late Dr. Garang.

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      • 27 April 2016 08:12, by wacjak


        You have said it all. This traitor will always remain an enemy to South Sudanese till he dies. Forget these goons that have no idea of what Machar would go through now that he has surrendered himself to Juba. CPA was never fully implemented till Southern Sudan got its independence, so is this ARCSS. Machar will forever remain a betrayer.

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        • 27 April 2016 09:08, by Khent


          Some of these idiots just don’t realize that Riek’s alliance with Khartoum contributed to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians and so we will NEVER permit that TRAITOR to ascend to the Presidency. Riek should know that death hangs above him like a dark cloud in the rainy season.

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  • 27 April 2016 11:06, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Khent
    You are 100% correct RIAK will be there only for 30 months and go to exile, whether he like it or not because many southerners are not happy with RIAK, he destroyed our country in all aspect especially in economics. Let him remains there only for 30 month and will be vote out by ballots boxes by any means.

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    • 27 April 2016 14:06, by Khent

      Alfredo christiani

      People seem to think that the passage of time absolves criminals of their crimes and that their victims and their families would somehow be striked down with amnesia or that they should forgive a TRAITOROUS mass-murderer. Riek will NEVER be President.

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