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IGAD moves to recognize Gai as new S. Sudan Vice President

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President Salva Kiir (C) poses for a photograph with FVP Taban Deng Gai (L) and Second VP James Wani Igga (R) at the Presidential Palace in the capital of Juba, July 26, 2016. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomun)
August 27, 2016 (JUBA) - Regional countries that negotiated South Sudanese shaky peace agreement have signalled recognizing controversially appointed new First Vice President Taban Deng Gai according to media reports.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said Gai is "naturally accommodated" by provisions of the Agreement to Resolve Conflict In Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS). The agreement gave position of first Vice President to SPLM in opposition leader Riek Machar. Machar fled was sworn in April but fled Juba in Juba when his bodyguards clashed with thousands of soldiers loyal to President Slava Kiir.

In an email message to the press on Friday, Sharon Kuku, a spokesperson for the IGAD states, said that the decision by Juba to replace Machar has never being rejected by IGAD.

"[This decision] is naturally accommodated by IGAD and IGAD did not stop Gen. Deng from attending the summit nor speaking for the South Sudan government," said Kuku as quoted by Kenyan independent newspaper, Nation.

IGAD statement is the second such utterance after the United States Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Nairobi on Monday that Machar replacement is "legal" under the provisions of the peace accord.

The top U.S diplomat’s statement was echoed by State Department spokeswoman on Friday in Washington.

US State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudea said that ’’the [peace] agreement provides the top leadership of the armed opposition the power to nominate a new first vice president if that position is vacant.’’

Machar supporters said the replacement is illegal and insist that Gai is an illegal First Vice President.

But Machar’s silence, after exiting South Sudan to Democratic Republic of Congo and being hospitalized in Khartoum, Sudan last week, is fuelling speculations that he is not capable of making his comeback in politics.

Analysts say the diplomatic change of position is attempt to persuade Juba to allow United Nations Security Council-authorized 4,000 troops to be allowed deployment in Juba. The government has rejected the extra troops, claiming it’s an attempt to effect regime change. But president Kiir has since softened his stance rejection to the force.

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  • 28 August 06:47, by Redeemer

    We knew that African organizations like IGAD are just bagging tools. They have been rejecting Dr. Gai until they heard from America that Gai is legal because he came up as per agreement signed, shame on you all, take Riek as IGAD Vice President. We are aware of Ethiopia and Kenya quick actions to always accommodating and sponsor voices who support wars in SSudan.

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    • 28 August 10:20, by Mr Point

      No evidence, no facts to clarify the argument....

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  • 28 August 07:01, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    IGAD, are like prostitute lady in Africa
    Many thanks to IGAD, for their recognizing Mr. Deng for profile position.

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    • 28 August 12:16, by Hardlinner

      If nuer chose to die in battle field they carry on supporting Riek, if they want to live in peace, they should support taban deng. Atleast Taban carry more about live of nuer civilians, rebels and even government troop that would die as result of Riek stupid rebellion.

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  • 28 August 11:59, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Where is the integrity of this organisation? Has South Sudan misery become our neighbours success to plunder our wealth? it looks like our neighbours are there for a sheer purpose of employment? They should go back to their countries if they think they are there as spectators on the suffering of south Sudanese in their country.

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  • 28 August 12:00, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Where is the integrity of this organisation? Has South Sudan misery become our neighbours success to plunder our wealth? it looks like our neighbours are there for a sheer purpose of employment? They should go back to their countries if they think they are there as spectators on the suffering of south Sudanese in their country.

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  • 28 August 12:07, by Mr Point

    As recently reported the central bank is empty. South Sudan has no wealth. It has a debt mountain. That’s why inflation is 600%.

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