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September 1, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir said Friday he will step down from power after ending the ongoing war in the country.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir arrives in Khartoum on September 3, 2013 (AFP Ashraf Shazly)

“This situation will change. The war will stop and when there is peace, there is stability and the leadership is united and they make a decision, I will leave. What I don’t want is to leave when the country is divided, when people are killing themselves," Kiir said.

He added that they didn’t fight for the liberation of the South Sudan to start another war and to kill each other for power.

"No, the people doing this, or are inciting people should be identified and told what they are doing is not good,” said President Kiir.

The South Sudanese leader made the remarks during a meeting with elders who visited him at his residence in Juba on Friday to extend him a congratulatory message on the occasion of a Muslim festival, Eid al-Adha.

Sheik Juma Ali described president Kiir as the man of peace, tolerance and forgiveness.

“I went to the President on Wednesday to invite him to join us in the celebration of the Eid al-Adha and also on the replacement of Secretary General of South Sudan Islamic Council which will soon take place," Ali to explain the purpose of the meeting.

"The response he gave was positive. He donated one hundred rams. But as you know, the president is always occupied. So he will be represented by someone he would delegate,” the religious leader further said.

Eid al-Adha takes place between first September and the 5th September this year. The Islamic festival is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice or the Major Festival. It is a very important religious holiday for Muslims worldwide.

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  • 2 September 01:02, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    South Sudan is multicultural, multi-ethnity, multi-religious, multi-racial, hitherto one nation, people there it was so kind for president to accept the invitation n to cherish with out "Akun-el -Musilimian" No any leader in the world should love to leave the country in Mess; u re right but to identify the eff nemies of peace is the task for they re like ards they smooth i first be4 they beat u c

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    • 2 September 01:12, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      It is hard to twenty the enemies of peace for they are rats; firstly they smooth u before they beat u completely, belief me not they are their within our South Sudanese Community. As you know and I know we are in the right direction; prevention is better then cure.

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      • 2 September 09:17, by jubaone

        Just pack your stuff and get back to herd your cows in Gogrial. Hopeless, giving 100 sheep to Darfuri and Jellaba Muslims while our people in Terekeka are starving to death. Was it not this good-4-nothing Kiirminal that paid for about 1200 Muslims to go to hajj with our money while Christians didn’t get anything? May God curse you and your kin for bringing so much pain to us.

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    • 2 September 01:23, by Agany Malim

      Mr. President kiir you are not a problem but your tribal council of Jieng Eldest you do work on their advises led to tear nation apart from wish of s sudanese. There4 say to your pple a comfort words bcoz your leaving the post is not to sovle what had happened in ss but intiate the beginning of peace process and recounselation amongst multi ethnicity in our country. We feel not good to see our die

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      • 2 September 16:31, by Mr. Right

        …not sufficient statement, Mr. President. You think we are naïve and fools, ya? When is peace prevailing? We are wiser than you think. Diverting our attention/focus to “I will quit after peace” so that you play other tricks is whoop-de-do.

        It’s not just war, your leadership is inept. You divided us and you cannot be the one to unite us again. Just QUIT ASAP!

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    • 2 September 02:40, by Kuch

      Don-Don Malith Rual,
      Yes, South Sudan is multicultural, multi-ethnicity, multi-religious; but MULTI-RACIAL? Not too fast chap. In our transitional Constitution, it says South Sudan is multicultural, multi-ethnicity, multi-religious & multi-racial country on paper at least. Don’t get me wrong Mr. Don-Don Malith Rual, one of my relative is married to a German>>>

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      • 2 September 02:53, by Kuch

        and her German husband & children can automatically qualify as South Sudanese if they so choose to do so. And so do so many other South Sudanese who married Kenyans, Ugandans, ethiopians, British, Scandinavians, Australians and so on, can automatically become South Sudanese with their spouses & children. But these South Sudanese with their foreign spouses are quite negligible>>>

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        • 2 September 03:10, by Kuch

          Our neighbors like Kenya can call their constitution multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural & multi-racial because some of their former British masters & their Indians, Pakistanis or Sri Lankan slaves have not left Kenya after Kenyans independence. In Uganda though many British, Indians, Pakistanis or Sri Lankans were chased away by Ida Amin. But some of these days, I always see>>>

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          • 2 September 03:20, by Kuch

            alot of indians shops in Kampala when l go to Uganda. I don’t know whether those indians are Ugandan citizens or just temporary business men/women. But here in South Sudan Mr. Don-Malith Rual, only a fool would dare make another terrible mistake like what our ancestors did by letting Arabs into our country through their intrigue of *trades & marriages* Remember the Sudanese saying Mr. Don-Malith>>

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            • 2 September 03:35, by Kuch

              that says "welcome an Arab & let him/her sleeps in your verandah & he/she will wake up in the morning claim to own your master bedroom" Mr. Don-Malith Rual, we have an unfinished business with our cloned arabs of North Sudan. Remember Mr. Don-Malith Rual our Red army/Jerge al Amer song in Dinka/Jieng language that says "ci kon them na ke dhal e ci kaak tong a ce rop, tong ci dhieth miith">>>

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              • 2 September 03:51, by Kuch

                the song can be roughly translated in English that "that they first tried it (war to get our cloned so-called arabs out of our country) & when it becomes a bit tough, then they stored it & go & bear children" Mr. Don-Malith Rual, in our Nilotic plains----Dinka/Monyjang country to be precise, our people store wars & you know it. Our people are very revengeful people & you know it>>>>

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                • 2 September 04:00, by Kuch

                  Mr. Don-Malith Rual, the UK, the US, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between want to occupy our country & colonize our country & resettle their Indians, Pakistanis, South Koreans, Rwandans, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Ghanians, British through their damn UN, humanitarian aid & UNIMISS----peacekeeping business scams. And some of Nuers & some of our Equatorians>>>>

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                  • 2 September 04:10, by Kuch

                    and some of our senior leaders in Juba still do not the sinister project being toyed around in our country & against our people by our greatest *enemies & evils* on earth----English people, white Americans, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain); including our cloned so-called arab North Sudan>>>

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                    • 2 September 04:19, by Kuch

                      Mr. Don-Malith Rual, do you know chap, that our cloned arab North Sudan sent it *mercenaries* to Yemen on behave of their Saudi Arabia & gulf arab states, corporate America & their evils in the US & their UK & their UN kept quiet on as to why a sovereign country was invaded by *a few terrorist countries* without the authorization of the UNSC?>>>

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      • 2 September 04:54, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Correct, that is a good remarked by the president.

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      • 2 September 05:33, by Agany Malim

        Kuch!
        Your statements sometime maybe right but you don’t analyze. This is where you write whatever is in your mind despite the topic/ article. Right now i mean that your contribution can help pple if you can be able to go brielf to the point so that pple can read whatever you wrote here @ website of challenges please don’t take me wrong for iam not against any one who feel to correct sth

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  • 2 September 01:37, by Agany Malim

    Too late president kiir to said so for if there no deposite of oil revenue in ss central bank what do you aspected to leave to your pple? Yourself is not a problem but your men you taught of how to withdrawer is a problem to ss now bcoz they learn how good life without education. And if such pple know good life without education that is why education died in the country which is key to the world

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    • 2 September 02:20, by Nairobimitot

      President Kiir himself is a good man.But if he decides to leave, he will hand over the power to a real person who can unite all of us. Be patient with president Kiir and let the war stop first. Do not use your propaganda language. We are all South Sudanese.

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  • 2 September 02:37, by john akeen

    Which statement showing below is true? please choose the correct answer:
    A- President Kiir will destroy our country by keeping Riek Machar alive.
    B- Riek Machar will never stop fighting if he didn’t become president of SS.
    C- SS problem is not president Kiir problem alone
    D- SS problem it is all SSudanese problem.
    E- Salva Kiir & Riek Machar most step down.

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    • 2 September 04:50, by john akeen

      President Salva Kiir should not step down because our country it’s on fire and he should not step down until all of us South Sudanese people carry a packet and go to the Ocean together to bring water so we can kill that fire together first, then president Kiir can step down by vote

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      • 2 September 16:44, by Mr. Right

        john akeen,
        You’ve a psychosis. Why don’t you see your doctor?

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  • 2 September 03:14, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    What is wrong in South Sudan politics? In some countries, it is the politicians that are dying but in South Sudan it is the
    Inocent civilian that are the victims of wars n politician scanadal!we need to Amend this Clumsy politics of the Southern
    Sudan

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  • 2 September 04:13, by conservative

    That’s right Mr president until the country remain peacefully and calmed down and secured for people to move around again like it was bring that moment again of excitement again those desperate for leadership don’t mind them move on with new paths of unity than you can pass on the power to a good man responsible to protect all of us

    Conservative owyeee

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  • 2 September 06:45, by Lenin Bull

    No, President Salva Kiir is vage on when he will leave J1. No body knows when the war will end and the same political elite will work to fuel more wars so that they don’t leave power. Our national constitution defines the term limit 5 year first term and second last term of 5 years period. And the bastard in J1 packs and leaves for another new prince/ss.

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  • 2 September 06:51, by Lenin Bull

    It is only political simpletons who can celebrate this vague language by President Salva Kiir. Those who are fueling the war and killings among those South Sdaunese are well known: Riek Machar and Lam Akol are the conspicuous tribal war engineers since 1991 up todate, joined now by so called G10 who fueling the war through proxies and sell out to international powers and bad blackmail.

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  • 2 September 06:54, by Dominic wieu

    Mr president can not leave the power by the mouth of foreigners .they have no power to imposed to our leader we the cittizens of this land we did not go to ways one day to make strike against him even if this war in .he know the way he will control as it happened for past when he fought for twenty one years .nothings will face him to stepdown .even if the enemies come with fire .we have water not

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  • 2 September 06:55, by Lenin Bull

    No indication that President Salva Kiir is psychologically preparing the country for peaceful hand over of power and this is shown by lack of preparations for democratic transfer of power both within the SPLM and for the whole country. If that time will come then it will not have been well prepared for and it will be nasty and bitter God forbids.

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  • 2 September 06:56, by Lenin Bull

    No indication that President Salva Kiir is psychologically preparing the country for peaceful hand over of power and this is shown by lack of preparations for democratic transfer of power both within the SPLM and for the whole country. If that time will come then it will not have been well prepared for and it will be nasty and bitter God forbids.

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  • 2 September 07:05, by Lenin Bull

    Elections should have been held in 2015, for not well convincing reasons they were pushed to 2018 which is not clear whether they will ever be held. The last year for President Salva Kiir was/is supposed to be 2020. But now I’m afraid unless through jujuism his last year in J1 may be 2027!!

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  • 2 September 07:11, by Lenin Bull

    I have high personal respect for President Salva Kiir and I may not be bothered much by his lukewarm leadership style but how will other South Sudanese radicals and rebels and the region and international community take this lack of seriousness in handing over power through democratic processes? They will get fed up and want by all means including war to end Salva Kiir’s presidency.

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  • 2 September 07:16, by Lenin Bull

    HE Dr.James Wani Igga is the next President of the Republic of South Sudan. Analyse his records and you will find him the only one in SPLM top leadership who has not one day along side Salva Kiir who has not betrayed South Sudan. He has no blood of innocent South Sudanese citizens in his hands. He is not against any single tribe. He is always jovial, approachable, God fearing,and very intellectual

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  • 2 September 07:23, by Lenin Bull

    I will campaign and vote for him when times come. No another clumsy thief for presidency from the WEST!! They should not even dream of it such as this nincompoop called Constello nor any other bastard. The country has been mismanaged enough through looting, blood shed, lack of direction/vision, and barbaric arrogance.

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    • 2 September 09:31, by Eastern

      .....And barbaric arrogance phrase just best describes Kiir’s tribal government - obviously your benefactor...

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  • 2 September 08:06, by dinkdong

    That mean the war is not going to end.

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  • 2 September 12:01, by Majesty

    Kuol Manyang, defense minister who tucked in his tail for fear of indictment or not seen rallying moral of soldiers at war zones all these years is now out in force giving rebels ultimatum. Why not, rebels are at their lowest point.
    ......

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    • 2 September 12:11, by Majesty

      Speaker Makuei Lueth on the other wing is giving oppositions a choice. Ask yourself didn’t these war stirrers meet this G-10 not long ago in Uganda? What didn’t they talk about that need the media now?

      .......

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      • 2 September 12:34, by Majesty

        While Salva Kiir, the lousy President who can say anything and change his mind every other second is now resigning at the eve of final peace. And if you can take Gen. Kuol for his word (disarming rebels and bring peace within this month if they don’t surrender peacefully) you roughly had Salva Kiir resigning at the end of September 2017, affordable? ......

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        • 2 September 12:54, by Majesty

          Wrap your mind around what they are not saying loud. Some must be once more busy printing billboards for every street and corner (liberator faces, Bor has once more liberated South Sudan, etc.) of Juba.

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  • 2 September 21:30, by Adok son

    White prevarication!!!!!!!!!!!
    No Dinka in the world would leave the power without pressure.

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