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South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar speaks during a briefing in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa April 9, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri)
August 3, 2016 (JUBA) – The recent replacement of some South Sudan’s national ministers and members of the transitional national legislative assembly is “illegal”, says the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of former First Vice President, Riek Machar.

They said the action was furthering the violation of the August 2015 peace agreement signed between President Kiir and Machar, the leader of the SPLM-IO.

“President Salva Kiir has no power in the peace agreement to singlehandedly replace and appoint SPLM-IO’s national ministers. He also has no power to replace and appoint members of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly who are members of the SPLM-IO. He would only act upon a recommendation given to him by the legitimate leader of the SPLM-IO, Dr. Riek Machar, who is also the First Vice President,” said James Gatdet Dak, Machar’s spokesperson.

“The action is illegal. This is the continuation of the same illegal process which self-appointed Honourable Taban Deng Gai as First Vice President. This short-lived illegal process will however be corrected soon,” he further told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

Dak was reacting to the Wednesday’s announcement of new list of names of national ministers belonging to the SPLM-IO in which President Kiir dismissed four national ministers and replaced them with new faces.

President Kiir in another decree reconstituted the 50 membership of the SPLM-IO’s additional members to the parliament by replacing some, appointing new faces and reappointing some members previously nominated by Machar to the legislative body in Juba.

The opposition leader’s spokesperson added that Machar is still the legitimate First Vice President, as his “temporary” absence from Juba imposed by attack on his residence did not warrant appointment of a replacement per the Article 6.5 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).

However, Dak said the peace deal was collapsing as President Kiir’s forces have continued attacking Machar’s forces to try to hunt him down around Juba.

He said the opposition faction may soon be forced to march on Juba to stop the “lawlessness” and dismantle the source of the “orders to attack” to restore peace and stability in the heart of the city and beyond.

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  • 4 August 00:16, by Panda Odhie

    Splmio says replacement of their ministers (is) illegal written in hurry
    Riek still legitimate leader of splmio where?
    We shall match to Juba to maintain lawlessness really?
    Who is really the splmio leader in bush currently Dak in Nairobi or Riek in an endless forest?

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    • 4 August 04:58, by Hardlinner

      Gatdet Dak, please quit your insanity. Weren’t your forces the very same ones that run away from juba?. Please accept reality and come to your senses. Your forces have been reduced to bandits that ambush, loot and kill innocent civilians. Kiir would be vote out peaceful. There is no need for your baseless rebellion. Riek and kiir are the same in character though Kiir pair bettter than riek.

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  • 4 August 00:34, by Force 1

    Yes; the word "Illegal" is the new song we will be hearing now a days from the opposition. They can screamed the word "illegal" in their new homes in the bushes; but would it make any different? Absolutely not! The government is moving forward with peace and making sure the civilians are all safe from any opposition attack and the life goes on!

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  • 4 August 01:41, by allan

    Ithinks dak only knows two words this day’s around juba and marching to juba dude hurry up come we are waiting

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    • 4 August 02:59, by Dinka-Defender-General

      I consent with you Allan. What are they waiting for if they have a power to march to Juba and replace ’lawless’ as they described it. Also they used the word Hunting down.’ I believe Machar is weak and powerless to fight. Furthermore, nuer youths don’t have a appetite to fight Machar’s greedy war.

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  • 4 August 03:16, by DHARCHEP

    Dr. Riek Machar looks like a gay and he is a losser forever. He will never win the politic. Half dead mother fucker leader.

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    • 4 August 08:59, by choldit

      U confused community are laughable. What brought gay idea on this? Did u know that the forces that came thru Wau to Mundri east is scattered by might SPLA-IO and that the trucks sent are in cntl of SPLA-io

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    • 4 August 15:46, by jubaone

      Dharchep,

      Dr. Riak has completed his education and has influenced politics in South Sudan. You haven’t any or perhaps doing some low paid jobs in some warehouse as a former jienge lost boy. So the UN troops will soon come in and Dr. Riak will return to make sure that you can then get proper education and manners. Stop this nigger-talk it is not part of our culture.

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  • 4 August 09:52, by Eastern

    I pitty SPLM-IO under Dr Machar. While they were in Juba, they keep referring to Kiir as "President Kiir" and not telling him that "Kiir has no power to change anything in the ARCISS". Pampering Kiir emboldened him to decree 28 states, refuse to demilitarise Juba, obstruct the movement of ceasefire monitors at the watch of Dr Machar and finally chase SPLM-Machar out of Juba.

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  • 4 August 09:54, by Eastern

    Kiir has remained confrontational to his partners in agreement, the international community including the UN. Kiir has remained confrontational with the Sudan and now they seem to be begging the Sudan to seek an ally in that country. http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article59824

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