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S. Sudan parliament cancels presidential decree on East African legislators

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President Salva Kiir attends a session during the 25th Extraordinary Summit of the (IGAD) on South Sudan in Addis Ababa March 13, 2014 (Reuters Photo)
June 13, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese parliament Tuesday revoked an earlier appointment of nine lawmakers by President Salva Kiir to the East African Legislative Assembly, during an extraordinary session in Juba.

Issued in March, the presidential decree was challenged by a South Sudanese lawyer Wani Santino Jada who brought the case before the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania, stressing that the parliament, not the president has to select the nine South Sudanese members.

The lawyer based his claim on that the article (50) of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community and the article (4) of the East African Legislative Assembly Election Act. Both provides that the "National Assembly of each Partner State shall elect -not from among its members - nine members of the (East African Legislative) Assembly ".

The Arusha-based court is due to hear the case on June 15. But South Sudan MPs revoked the decision in a special session two days earlier.

In statements to the media on Tuesday, the chairperson of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA)’s legal committee, Dengtiel Ayuen Kur, announced the revocation of the presidential decree on the appointment of the nine legislators for the regional body.

"The Transitional National Legislative Assembly has revoked its resolution in March 2017 that nominated nine members of Parliament to the East African Legislative Assembly," Kur said.

Lawyers in Juba point to the failure of presidential legal advisers to review the decision before its issuance in March.

South Sudanese President enjoy overwhelming legal powers in the new East African country. He appoints MPs, fire elected officials including state governors and can suspend the assembly according to the 2011 Transitional Constitution.

South Sudan joined the East African Community last year.

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  • 14 June 13:25, by lomure

    Our parliament is usually quick to response to issues of less importance to south Sudanese interest, the south Sudanese masses these are suffering from many impediments in their lives but non of the MPs walk-up to challenge the government regarding these issues but always walk away for their unusual holidays.i call upon them, to talk on these current economic crisis created by the government&SPLM

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    • 14 June 15:21, by jubaone

      Great Wani,
      This is wonderful and shows that SS has some sobs/daughters who are learned and can’t be dragged around like donkeys. Keep up Wani. You’re the eyes and mouth of those disenfranchised majority who can’t see and talk or those who submissively follow the Kiirminal without question.

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      • 14 June 15:36, by Eastern

        jubaone,

        This is what we expected from the TRUE SONS OF JUBEK; poke the kleptocrats where it hurts...!

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        • 14 June 16:25, by jubaone

          Eastern,
          It’s our moral responsibility to fight such evil and backwardness. Not fighting would make us complicit and partly responsible for this mess. Cos we’re upright people, hardworking and peace loving, all these jienges have found refuge and hospitality. But they have abused our kindness and so this time uncompromising stand. Kokora or death.

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      • 14 June 17:07, by Joyuma John

        Dear Jubaone,
        Do know why wani case is the successful one? It was because he did not appointed his accused finger to any tribe as you all do here on this website. But wani has only accused salva and his government. But if one failed to see this broad failure of kiir and displaced failure on Dinka, replica might be true. Mr. Lomure comment is so brilliant.

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  • 14 June 15:24, by Eastern

    Really? Is the "parliament" in Juba MIGHTIER than Kiir? I don’t think so; it is Kiir who just made a U-turn on his previous decree. If the parliament is the supreme body, then let Anthony Lino Makana resign with immidiate effect as he failed to SHOW COMPETENCE in guiding the August House!!

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    • 14 June 17:29, by Kuch

      Our usual losers will fret over this frivolous issue than concentrate on bigger issues like stopping the hunger. Talking too much about everything politics & then wait foreign free foods. What are those 9 people who would join the East African assembly going to help them with bills with? Nothing, absolutely nothing.

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  • 14 June 20:34, by Bunsen Burner

    Guys, no! let me show you how interesting this issue is. Kirr Al Awir issued the decree in March 2017 appointing the 9 members; temporary injunction barring the searing in of the 9 members was granted in Arusha on June 6, 2017 and South Sudan parliament? quickly sat on June 8 on Kirr’s orders to revoke the decree to avoid a potential embarrassment in case the court may rule in favour of applicant

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  • 14 June 20:41, by Bunsen Burner

    .... this of course was on the advice of Museveni in order to protect both His and Kirr’s reputation from a potential demise as the duo have meddled in pushing raw things into this organised community of EA at least in part because of Tanjania. If the court smashes the injunction (near to impossible) you will see parliament approving the same LIST, otherwise, silence!!!!! and pretence of smartness

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  • 14 June 20:50, by Bunsen Burner

    Cool guys, I love this drama and it has added a taste to my Sudanese coffee style in the heart of Juba. In the cattle camps the Mathiang Bullshits operate without rules and they think they can extend such unruly behaviour to the EAC at the watch of the EACJ? I can see some brainless and blind thing leading South Sudan to the abyss finally! a pity!

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    • 14 June 22:38, by Kuch

      Bunsen Burner, what are you idiot celebrating here? The same East Africa has been asking you fools to use democratic system to gain power & not through force that you goons & your Riek Machar fool are addicted to. But anyway, you Riek Machar bunch are the less smart fools with their IQs in negatives. What you idiots really fighting for?

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      • 14 June 22:47, by Kuch

        You have been informed that your U.S., the UK, the UN & the NGOs are using you fools as their pawns/proxies to fight their resources war in our country like they have used the the so-called Free Libyan army & Free Syrian army & they are using your Riek Machar fool as their puppet/stooge. All the East African countries know this dirty game. But you idiots think everybody is foolish as you fellows>>

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        • 14 June 22:54, by Kuch

          Fools you will be surprised to learn that WW3 is going to start here our country & it is the Nuers foolishness & their believe in their Ngundeng superstitions that will cause it. And that was some people with brains exiled your devil out South Sudan because he is a danger to regional peace & the world>>>

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          • 14 June 23:02, by Kuch

            The reason the U.S. seal team that killed Osama bin Laden & threw his body into the ocean was to avoid what you foolish Nuers are doing right now. Riek Machar would have been killed & thrown into the Nile & forgot about the devil. But Salva Kiir & other senior officials at the time didn’t properly think over keeping the devil a life was going to be a pain in the ads for everyone>>>

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            • 14 June 23:09, by Kuch

              Why let the devil out alive again after all his body guards including his son were taken out after their third coup? This is why some people always consider Salva Kiir a coward and a dull leader. The guy is always behind in everything.

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  • 15 June 09:18, by Asunta

    Joyuma John has nailed it- the fact we ignored that fight against a system of government or leadership is what brings the people together than attacking tribes through hate media or killing them along your highways. As a matter of facts, Kiir and his government would have relinquish power long ago had the SPLA-IO not shifted agenda of democracy as they claim, into hunt for Jieng. They failed it!

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    • 15 June 13:59, by Frak Cho

      Oh! God, this is wonderful. If this is true, then this shall be the first time ever for the parliament of RSS to act correctly. Otherwise, the parliament has been a sitting toy!

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