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Machar’s successor sets condition for stepping down as VP

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August 20, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s newly appointed first vice president, Taban Deng Gai has conditioned stepping down from his position, asserting that his predecessor should first accept to cut down his security details before resuming office.

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New South Sudan FVP Taban Deng Gai and his delegation upon arrival in Nairobi, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 (ST Photo)

Taban Deng Gai, a former chief negotiator during peace talks between government of president Kiir and armed opposition, told reporters in Kenya that he has managed to create a better working relationship at the presidency than did his predecessor.

“We are moving forward. If Riek comes and he conditioned that for the country to have peace, that he must return to the palace we shall discuss that, including that Riek if you go back to your office this time, you don’t have huge army to move with you. This time you listen to the voices of the people that people of South Sudan will not need crisis any longer”, said Gai.

He reiterated that he would only step down if doing so would bring peace to the country.

“I am also telling you if my stepping down can bring peace to South Sudan I’m ready when time comes. But what I am doing now I am not delaying the implementation of peace waiting for anybody, I am to the task, I am capable of delivery. I managed to create harmony now in the presidency in the government of national unity”, he added.

He claimed that a faction of the SPLM-IO members who could not escape following the fighting that happened in July asked themselves whether to stick to peace or allow the country to return to war.

“I’m glad to inform you that the leadership of the SPLM in Opposition has decided to stick to the position of implementing peace, because the country has no option better than continuing with the implementation of the peace. The country needs peace," said Gai.

The former rebel chief negotiator further explained that the peace agreement is good for the people of South Sudan and can take them out of crisis and move forward in the road of peace and reconciliation and bring about the development of the country. He claimed that what was lacking after formation of unity government was a cohesive leadership in the country, saying the presidency did not have a good working relationship.

"The council of ministers of the transitional government of national unity was also not cohesive. The former chairman of SPLA IO was leading a parallel government in Juba. There was nothing to be called a team, even you members of the press who were in Juba witnessed that the existence of parallel armies is what brought crisis that led to the killing in Juba and the former FVP moving away from Juba”, explained Gai.

He also said he did not follow Machar since the latter opted to fight another civil war.

“I and the leadership of SPLA IO decided to remain in Juba to implement peace”, added Gai.

(ST)

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  • 20 August 2016 22:59, by Mr Point

    The legitimate First Vice President has survived two murder attempts by the incompetent President!

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  • 20 August 2016 23:38, by lino

    Ya Taban El Taban,anyone got confronted by armed forces, has to flee; even You!!!

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    • 21 August 2016 01:59, by Force 1

      Lino;

      Where is your surviving former vice president? Do you have any picture as a prove that he is truly alive? Or do you just want to believe what you heard from people who said he is alive? If he is out of the country to a foreign country in a safe place; why would it be so hard to have a picture of him or in a live TV by BBC or any other news outlet to prove he is alive?

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      • 21 August 2016 02:04, by Force 1

        Ooh; some of you guys said two days ago that Riek Machar is going to have a live press conference; it’s been 48 hours now; when are we going to have that update?

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        • 21 August 2016 03:52, by lino

          Hahaha!!! Force 0, stay on your day dreaming, and if you can believe what your dady UN is saying who are you going to believe? M7?!!!
          Do you know when your protection /intervention of 500-4000 soldiers coming in? That day you will see Machar alive with your own eyes!!!

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          • 21 August 2016 05:09, by Force 1

            Are you still carrying that dream that there will be intervention forces? Well; keep dreaming.

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      • 21 August 2016 08:49, by Thokidine

        We are fed up with lies yaa Taban, u are fooling the world z u ve created good relationship at de presidency n implementing de peace, TGoNU ve been formed n what follows shld be states, what happened? we never hear u talking about the formations of state n their govts or u give it in Like Parliament. pleasing and giving away ur right 4 ur master to be happy doesn’t mean good relations yaa greedy.

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  • 21 August 2016 05:47, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Ya Taban,

    Yes Peace. But peace on whose terms? We need peace in terms of people as agreed on the compromised agreement. Nothing more or less. As it stands you have given in for the programmes of oppressive government.

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  • 21 August 2016 05:53, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    That is a good condition

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  • 21 August 2016 10:07, by The rock

    Taban is right, if Riak wants to continue with his position as FVP then he should consider what Taban is saying concerning the protection forces that his asking for . moreover,president Kiir doesn’t wanna kill him or else he would have done it by putting em on Military uniform and shoot em in the head and place em with his over 200 daed soldiers period. Listen to Mr. TABAN for your safety this com

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  • 21 August 2016 10:56, by Kerem

    My prediction is that Riek will come back and Taban will not accept to step down. What will happen is that our peace loving father who is always termed as coward by his people (Wani Igga) will leave his position for power hungry Nuer son. But Equatorians instead will cry on the Dinka leaving the source of problem

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    • 21 August 2016 19:17, by Deng II

      This poor corrupted Government cannot an able to deliver development, cannot an able to defense country from North land grab, cannot an able to bring Riek Machar to Justices, I don’t know what to says.

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