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S. Sudan opposition party applauds national dialogue


February 27, 2017 (WAU) – South Sudan’s opposition People’s Liberal Party (PLP) has said it supports the national dialogue initiative that was announced by President Salva Kiir in December last year.

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People’s Liberal Party (PLP) leader Peter Mayen Majongdit (ST)

“We support the national dialogue, but we have reservation on some issues; we look at the national dialogue as an opportunity to rebuild the country if the principles of openness, inclusivity is applied,” said Peter Majongdit, the PLP chairperson.

The national dialogue, he said, should be seen as an opportunity to address the country’s future as well governance systems because most of the country issues are centered at the heart of governance, including the rule of law and human right.

“When we talk of political future that means citizens must be well aware when the country goes for elections and when a new leadership comes into power to avoid power struggle through arms and suffering of citizens, yet issues to do with the constitution and limiting of presidential terms must be addressed,” said Majongdit.

“Presidential terms limit and separation of army from politics is the kind of unspoken truth that must be addressed for the sake of coexistence and national building," he added.

Last week, the South Sudanese leader said the national dialogue he declared last year was not meant to consolidate his grip on to power.

"I also want to make it absolutely clear to those who question and doubt our intentions and to our regional and international partners that the National Dialogue initiative is not a trick, a delaying tactic or a calculated strategy by the government to consolidate its grip on power as anti-peace elements claim”, he told MPs on Tuesday.

President Kiir said he saw no logic of playing tricks, but was working to protect the sovereignty, territorial integrity of the country and uniting people as part of his duties.

“We are not in the business of playing trick, we are a government and our business is to work for the unity of the people of South Sudan, protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this land and to uphold our constitutional and international obligations, he added.

Kiir, however, called upon members of the country’s opposition and partners to the 2015 peace deal to put aside doubts and join him and members of his administration in the restoration of peace by uniting the population.


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  • 28 February 10:03, by Midit Mitot

    Yes Peter Majongdit,
    You are supporting that wordless call national dialogue, how would you reach the places being owned by freedom fighters? this is JCE dialogues don,t confuse the whole nation.

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    • 1 March 06:13, by Gatluak jal

      Midit Midit, I believe dialogue is only solution to SS problem than what some of you think. As I can remember, in 1991, Rick mobilized Nuer in Nasir in order to overthrow Garang in power, which caused a missive killing of Dinka Bor in 1991. I believe that Rick Machar will not be a good president because he will not bring people together. As Nuer, I don’t like Nuer community to define as warmonger

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      • 1 March 07:11, by Midit Mitot

        Pretending that you are call Gatluak Jal from Nuer,
        Well, do you guys think that your move would success-ed, Am doubting that.

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  • 28 February 11:11, by Independent Thinker

    Why National Dialogue? ND will not work when there is Dr. Machar in the country. The Committee are useless and big old people with no agenda at all. Kiir himself will ND will to look for money from donors in the National Dialogue. No Civil Society Organizations, Religious leaders, Youth leaders, women leaders in the ND.

    Im not sure for the Kiir’s ND to happen in South Sudan

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  • 28 February 12:20, by Ater

    Great move PLP chairman.lets join hands and stand behind our president as there is no another mean of achieving peace than dialogue.South Sudanese should be informed that the liberation riek claimed to fight for is just but power gain tactics.Nuer has bad historical record of igniting dispute both within and outside.

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    • 1 March 05:50, by jubaone

      You are true luakjienge; naive, stupid and careless. You attack the Nuer yet you applaude Taban Gai for supporting Kiir against Riak. Is Taban Gai not Nuer? Just take sometime to think over b4 you make any statements. Is that difficult for your jienge small brain?

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  • 1 March 10:15, by Angelo Achuil

    I think National Dialogue will succeed ONLY under the following terms.
    1. President Kiir & Dr. Riak not be present there or try to dictates the outcome.
    2. Venue outside the country
    3. Cost not paid by gov’t, and the two Must accept the outcome. And when it succeed, the president will get the credit, if not, then it would only wound up like another monotonous Khartoum’s annual "National Dialogue"

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