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President Kiir appoints state governors as interim SPLM leaders


June 14, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, has issued a provisional order appointing all the state governors as interim leaders of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in their respective states.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Reuters)

The order appointed 28 governors of the newly created controversial 28 states, ending tensions and uncertainty over who controls party branch offices after the division of the states since 2 October last year.

According to Bol Makueng, secretary of information at the secretariat of the faction of the SPLM loyal to President Kiir, said the appointments came in accordance with the mandate given to the President by the party’s political bureau.

Makueng further explained that the 28 governors will lead the party in the new states until state congresses are conducted.

“These are interim arrangements until congresses are conducted. And it is within the powers of the chairman after the meeting of the political bureau had resolved and authorized him to issue a provisional order in his capacity as the chairman of the SPLM,” Makueng said.

“So the state governors are the interim leaders now,” he said.

The main duties of the interim leaders, according to Makueng, are to help in planning, coordination and organization and receive directives and guidance from head office on how they could be running the affairs of the party in the state through the existing secretariat.

He also added that they may upgrade the county offices in places where a county has been upgraded to become a state of its own as a result of the creation of more administrative units.


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  • 15 June 2016 00:59, by Mr Point

    According to the Constitution of South Sudan which has not been changed or revoked, the President does not have the power to order the creation of 28 states.

    According to the Constitution the state governors must take part in a election within sixty days of their appointment. When did that ever happen?

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    • 15 June 2016 01:02, by Mr Point

      Where in the Constitution is the President given the right to appoint unelected state governors as SPLM leaders.

      This word "interim" - it means the appointment is permanent, doesn’t it?
      What are the conditions that can end an interim leader’s term?

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  • 15 June 2016 02:13, by William Atak Garang.

    This is the really demand of the majority Mr. President it will stop interference from greedy politicians that are no longer the Governors in the States. To avoid the further confusions,when the Governor is relieved he should not be an SPLM interim chairman in his/ her respective State.

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  • 15 June 2016 03:12, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    28 states governors are not working as SPLM, but their inner planing is different.
    President Kiir, appointed them and the rests of them are not working well,

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  • 15 June 2016 06:57, by Joseph Canada

    This is call the exit strategy. You just can’t call all your die hard Governors and tell them the 28 state system is no more. They will all move to the Opposition or rebel. So what we can do is to give them names then retire them or fire them one at atime. The 28 states are already out of discussion.IGAD, AU, EU UN and TROIKA want it out and it is done !!

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    • 15 June 2016 10:29, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

      This is a long awaited degree from president, Thank you for wise decision calm will return to all these states and those who opposed them will now choose one option to join new political policy or stay way from politics becuase this is the party that we all owned.

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  • 15 June 2016 10:50, by Mapuor

    President Kiir Oyeeee.Splm Oyeeeeee.28 states Oyeeeeeee.Now things will improve in the states. Governors who do not want to form new counties should now form their new counties and appoint strong commissioners to those counties.Congratulations to all 28 state governors for their appointment as SPLM state chairmen.

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  • 15 June 2016 10:51, by Mapuor

    President Kiir Oyeeee.Splm Oyeeeeee.28 states Oyeeeeeee.Now things will improve in the states. Governors who do not want to form new counties should now form their new counties and appoint strong commissioners to those counties.Congratulations to all 28 state governors for their appointment as SPLM state chairmen.

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