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January 19, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has issued an order appointing three officials into the national legislative assembly.

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Members of South Sudan’s parliament sing the national anthem during the reopening of parliamentary sessions in the capital, Juba, on 11 June 2012 (Photo: Giulio Petrocco/AFP/Getty)

The presidential order read on the stated own South Sudan broadcasting Corporation, named Malong Lual Diing , son of the prominent SPLM official and a former presidential advisor on political affairs, Lual Diing Wol. The second is Mathiang Bellario Ahoy, another son of a veteran politician Bellario Ahoy Ngong, both of whom died in 2015 and 2016. They were serving members of parliament at the national legislative assembly when they passed away.

A third nominee into transitional legislative assembly is Oliver Majok Aleu. He replaced Garang Diing Akuong, whom President Salva Kiir appointed two ago years into foreign services and dispatched him to the United States where he is presently serving as the head of mission.

The basis of the appointment remains contentious. Presidential sources cite article 64 (1) (b) of the transitional legislative assembly which gives the president powers to appoint upon receiving notification from the speaker of the legislative assembly after the seat has fallen vacant.

Critics, however, argue that the speaker had to write first to the national elections commission to organize elections and only to the president when it is not possible to organize elections, particularly when it is remaining only three months period into the general elections.

“The Speaker of the appropriate House shall, in writing, notify the National elections commission Notwithstanding sub-Articles (1) and (2) above, if a vacancy occurs in respect of any seat in the National Legislative Assembly or the Council of States before the expiry of one year from the beginning of the Transitional Period: (a) the Speaker of the appropriate House shall, in writing, notify the President within ten days from the occurrence of that vacancy; (b) the President shall appoint the successor to the seat within sixty days.

Following the occurrence of the vacancy after consultation with the relevant constituencies, political parties and state legislatures concerned, as the case may be national Elections Commission within ten days from the occurrence of that vacancy”. A by-election to fill the vacancy shall be held by the National Elections Commission within sixty days following occurrence of the vacancy, a presidential source told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

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  • 20 January 06:36, by Fair Man

    Appointment by decrees is the order of rule by iron fist today. Since the hope to hold elections was shattered by series of destructive wars of 2013 and 2016, it has given fertile ground for appointments. Kiir is very lucky and happy as he can manipulate the parliament by twisting hands of MPs with threat of dismissal. There is no parliament in South Sudan other than a bunch of opportunists.

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    • 20 January 11:21, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      Our parliament has been turned into more or less a village gathering where the elders cluster around a village chief submissively. No individual merits required except your credentials as benydit/bandit/misfit’s son. Soon Kiir will appoint his sons as governors or army generals. No need for education and qualifications, just jienge bonus that is enough.

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      • 21 January 09:01, by king kush

        Juba one
        You rebels caused it all when you rebelled,this was not the case before machar Rebellion. Just reevaluate where are we as a nation now, everything is broken and it’s all because of your hunger for power.

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    • 23 January 11:11, by Nationalist

      These parliament is like a parliament of a primary school prefecture team headed by a head-boy chosen because he is the oldest of all his school-mates. Why should we blame them, they were elected to serve till 2012, but now they are still consuming our resources 6 years later

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  • 20 January 09:11, by ngadodo

    People who his doesn’t know president Salva Kiir in confident about presidency jobs, I don’t know what people happy for when somebody holds high office of Country easy appoints its and same time sacks them, for me show that his didn’t know works of presidency everytime embarrassing people who his given jobs!

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  • 20 January 20:17, by Mayok

    I hope my people stop calling kiir president, because he is too far away from presidential politics. These guy is animal cruelty and he have no room in 99% South Sudanese heart accept jce, betrayers, like taban and wani because they were worshipping kiir to keep them in their positions. Oh, and nuer wew General whom cannot afford paying their rents in Uganda or kenya are also making have chances

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    • 20 January 20:26, by Mayok

      Continue;
      Yes those dumb Generals, gave kiir more chance to continue destroy the nation. If God try his best and saves those lives, whom are still suffering an opportunity by giving them a better leader that’s will be a positive thing for them.

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    • 21 January 23:33, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Majok, you need to be specific when you talk about generals in the South Sudan. Not all generals are "dumb" as you stated. You have to name generals you are talking about.

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