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National dialogue co-chair calls for elections to end S. Sudan violence


A woman passes by a peacekeeper inside the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site on 15 February 2016 (UNMISS Photo)
June 14, 2017 (JUBA)- The co-chair of the National Dialogue Steering Committee on Wednesday called on rival leaders to accept elections as the only way to which the ongoing conflict can be stopped.

Angelo Beda made the remarks at a civil society workshop which examined the progress and challenges made in the implementation of the peace agreement which the sides signed in 2015.

The elderly politician called upon President Kiir and his main political rival Riek Machar to allow the country go through peaceful democratic processes of attaining power by stopping the war and allow elections.

“We must have the election. And so Dr Riek, there is no need clinging to the fact that you must be Vice President because the time is finished. From here now to election, how many months are left?” There are only a few months left. Is there any need to come and be First Vice President and go for election? Wait, come and organise yourself so that you go for election,” said Beda.

Through his address, he also asked President Kiir to allow elections to be conducted as stipulated in the peace agreement, saying elections are the universally accepted process of acquiring or retaining power.

“The same for Salva Kiir there is no need to cling to power because we want elections on time,” said Beda said.

He further said “peace and stability are the common denominators wanted by everybody, including those who are holding guns and fighting. "We want a new era of election and come and participate,” he stressed.


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  • 15 June 2017 02:45, by lino

    Where are the civilians to participate in so called election. Government must bring them back to the country or out of UN Camps first!!!
    Government messed up and I am doubted if any election will have in next 3-5 years. It needs organization and so many to go into it.

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    • 15 June 2017 03:39, by Mr Point

      If elections are valid then there is the possibility that any candidate can win if they get most votes.

      What are the signs that Kiir would resign the Presidency if he failed to get most votes? Kiir at the SPLM convention in 2013 was completely undemocratic.

      He has since used the Anyoor Mathiang militia to hunt down his vice president. It is not a good sign for democracy and elections, is it?

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  • 15 June 2017 06:52, by Eastern

    Old age is taking its toll on Angelo Beda. Every time this man speaks, he spews trash!!!

    Calling for elections now is like adding more fuel to the raging fire.

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    • 15 June 2017 07:40, by South South


      You are an old man too. Do you know that? Anyone who is over 50 like you is old generation and if we want to shut up old people, you are one of them. How would I know you are old man? You talk about 1970s issues everyday. You pick your choice between peace and war, then go for it. Hiding 20000 mile away from home and call for war is meaningless.

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      • 15 June 2017 08:03, by Eastern

        South South,

        I love your shallowness. I am not boasting of being young; nor am I denying that I am old. I AM BOASTING OF BEING WELL INFORMED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE! I now more than most of my peers. I know more about South Sudan as a country than you. I know more than 10 South Sudanese local languages in addition to English, French, Arabic and Spanish. You are just a poor villager!!!!

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        • 15 June 2017 13:56, by Liberator

          Dear Eastern
          You are always contrary to the ideas of majority peoples in this forum and you wanted to imposed unwanted ideas on peoples which is totally unacceptable. your tribal movement is the one keeping current leadership in the power because you dislike DINKAs and to assure you no movement in South Sudan can change Kiir without DINKA participations.

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          • 15 June 2017 15:45, by Eastern

            So called liberator,

            CORRECTION. Before you use the word MAJORITY on this forum, you need to tread carefully. I HATE DINKOCRACY TO THE CORE! I am from Equatoria and I know there are South Sudanese from Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile. I don’t have problems with tribes founds in these THREE REGIONS I have mentioned. How much is the MAJORITY you are talking about? Be careful!!!

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        • 15 June 2017 21:25, by South South


          May be you know much better than me the taste of monkey meat, other than that you so stupid. Nyam-Nyam will remain Nyam-Nyam. Angelo Beda is old man like you, why do you call him old man, dumb fat ass.

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    • 15 June 2017 18:52, by Garang Akeen Tong


      What is your thought, if you oppose election?
      Tell me, Iam waiting

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  • 15 June 2017 09:16, by Mopedi

    Its apparent clear that Beda is out of sense and confused, as a co-chair of national useless dialogue, election or war is not his business, he is to collect the opinion of common man not even those that holding guns on the current mess and submit or dumped it as it is without removing a dot or adding a coma. we know that national dialogue is a branded war declared by kiir on civilians, will not wi

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    • 15 June 2017 10:10, by Mopedi

      those that holding guns and protest against current mess that rubles south sudanese

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  • 15 June 2017 09:29, by Mopedi

    Kiir’ national dialogue is nothing but meant to confuse weak hearted SS and international communities on the current humanitarian situation in the country. Kiir has declared war on the citizens indirectly. why should the common man down there dialogue when he is not part of the fighters?. IO is fighting him(Kiir) therefore he is the problem. the ND event is JCE’ annual festival.

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  • 15 June 2017 10:07, by Black Nation

    It’s good idea to have election so that the war stop but who will implement the process while Kiir the president will not accept the election? Kiir is a big problem to S. Sudan.

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    • 15 June 2017 15:51, by Eastern

      Black CONTINENT, aka Black Nation,

      Your mindset is the reason Africa was enslaved in starting in 17th century; your mindset is the reason YOU BELIEVE elections are the panaceas of leadership deficits in African countries. YOU HAVE MISERABLY FAILED to discern the negative influence of INCUMBENCY on national elections. CASE CLOSED!!!

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      • 16 June 2017 09:35, by Black Nation

        EASTERN OR EATEN, whatever you call yourself, why r U so defending Kiir r u his bodyguard or what did he give U? We need to change the regime coz of so many reasons. Not just being after kiir for nothing. If I may ask, hw many people r in refugee camps in neighboring countries and why are they there if so call kiir’s admin is good? stop being a parasite deeply stick on kiir’s armpits

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  • 15 June 2017 15:55, by Sunday Junup

    Just call for election if that was the meaning of dialogue. You already lost direction and have nothing to say

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    • 15 June 2017 16:11, by Redeemer

      This was the idea I knew all along to come to light. Whether warmongers of Riek like it or not. The right time for us has come to do away with Kiir and we will continue to fight the traitors.

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      • 15 June 2017 16:17, by Redeemer

        I use to tell Midit that Riek will join us after seeing that we are making a peaceful change just like the way he went to Khartoum claiming to separate South Sudan from Khartoum which just come back shamefully to sing the song he rejected before

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  • 15 June 2017 20:26, by Adok son

    Jaang/Dinka,elect your elections and do whatever you wish to add on it unilaterally,the world is watching your devil’s acts though you pretends and deceiving the public with all your propagandas however the world also will discover your hidden agendas that you are needed in the would be election.

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  • 15 June 2017 21:04, by Good Foe

    Beda wants to make name for himself.
    It sounds like a good idea though; but they want it to be a fair elections, the IDPs in PoCs and the refugees in the neighboring countries must vote.

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  • 15 June 2017 22:00, by garrak1520

    Moron!!!! how can you call for election when over half of the population is displaced and soldiers and militiamen are roaming the country killing and raping. Is it because Kiir wants it? he is a self-centered man, only he and family count.

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  • 17 June 2017 19:45, by Juliet

    All u supporters of riek! U behave like ur boss. Riek betrays south sudan because of his quest for leadership. But in half way is lucky of getting majority of south sudanese illiterate . Because right now they still being blindfolded by u.

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