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South Sudan rejects proposition to appointment four vice-presidents

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February 15, 2018 (JUBA)- A South Sudanese presidential advisor on Thursday has rejected a proposal by the IGAD mediation team providing to appoint four deputies for President Salva Kiir, saying it would make the decision-making process difficult.

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The meeting of the presidency chaired by President Salva Kiir March 9, 2017 (ST)

“It is unheard before that one country will have to have four deputy presidents," said presidential adviser Tut Kew Gatluak who brushed aside the proposed power-sharing deal.

"This will be a new precedent but I think it will not work here in South Sudan if it has worked elsewhere. In fact, I don’t know of a country which has had four deputies to a president, not even Sudan where there were conflicts in the South, in the east and Darfur. There were at least two vice presidents and only assistants to the president,” Gatluak further said.

The presidential aide was reacting to a proposal to reshape the presidency by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), suggesting that President Kiir will remain the head of the transitional government with four deputies.

The East African regional bloc through its mediation said the expansion of the executive to allow the appointment of the four deputies during interim period would enhance inclusivity in the government.

After Sudan’s independence in 1956, the role of head of state was filled by a five-member Sovereignty Council, in order to represent the rival political factions and at the same time to have a representative for southern Sudan at the presidency.

However, the collegial presidency was only implemented during the three democratic governments. The military governments established a presidential regime.

The president, according to the proposal, shall serve as the president and executive head of state for a transitional period of 36 months, preceded by 120 days of a pre-transitional period.

It also proposed that the four vice presidents shall oversee the clusters of the Council of Ministers, and generally to supervise the implementation of the reforms outlined in the peace agreement.

“During the Transitional Period, responsibility for governance shall be shared between the current Transitional Government of National Unity, on the one hand, and the parties and entities outside of the Incumbent TGoNU (“the South Sudan Opposition”) on the other hand, as collectives,” reads the draft document.

It distributed the power-sharing ratio in a way that gives the government 51% for and 49% to various political dissidents and opposition to the government.

The document proposed treating Former Detainees as individual leaders for the purpose of allocation of responsibility. The group, according to the draft, will be eligible for positions and may nominate two (2) representatives to serve as ministers, and 1 as a deputy minister in the coalition government.

“The Council of Ministers shall comprise 32 ministries. Incumbent TGoNU (Transitional Government of National Unity): Fifty-one percent (51%) of ministerial portfolios (15) to be nominated,” it reads.

“Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (led by Dr Riek Machar): twenty-eight percent (28%) of ministerial portfolios (9 ministers),” adds the proposal. “Other Armed Groups: twelve percent (14%) percent of ministerial portfolios (4 ministers).” Two ministers will be nominated by the Former Detainees while other political parties will take 7% of ministerial portfolios and will nominate 2 ministers.

The power-sharing ratio in a State within the former States of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile as determined in the peace agreement, should be 46% for the incumbent, government, 40% for the armed opposition groups, 2 Former Detainees and opposition parties in the remaining power-sharing percentage.

The same ratios apply to other states with a significant presence or influence of opposition groups, including states within Equatoria and Bahr Ghazal.

Power sharing in states gives the incumbent government 70% and 30% for the opposition. “The allocation of the South Sudan Opposition shall be shared among the armed and unarmed opposition in accordance with the actual presence or influence of a party or entity within the State concerned,” it notes.

The draft proposed that the parties will hold elections 60 days before the end of the transition period in order to establish a democratically elected government.

(ST)

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  • 16 February 00:35, by lino

    Hahaa! Kew, your foster father Bashir has different issues and situations; plus those Khartoum’s boys know what they were doing!!!
    You guys know nothing about governing and though any theory and experiment should be applied!!!
    Sudan dealt with 2 armies situation and now is your turn to deal with 4 presidents!!! If you reject they will suggest 64 chiefs!!!

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    • 16 February 04:20, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Igad is another source of S. Sudan instability! We need rule of law not rewards with many positions! If so, then it’s better to leave Igad mediation b’se it only sees individuals’ interest & peace will never come by Igad. Two armies & 4 VPs are mere stored another J1 war.

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      • 16 February 04:30, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Igad is also a failed organisation. Like the father like the son! Does Igad know what is, where is & who is the problem in RSS? Problem identified is always half solved! Now, no hope for peace fro Igad, it’s zero! How many will rebel for VP, MPs, ministries, governors & so on?

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        • 16 February 04:40, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

          S. Sudan will get peace if SPLA feels patriotic to defend the nation fro power greed elements who use SPLA for their personal gains. Spla sh’d learn fro Egypt, South Africa & Zimbabwe! Our army is too politically affiliated to some politicians instead of protecting South Sudanese fro wrong politicians. May Spla stand independent & distant itself wrong elements?

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          • 16 February 06:40, by Kenyang ll

            Machut,
            Hopefully, your prayer would be answered but reality on the ground is different- nearly one to nil. Aweil "aka foolish majority" in the army are too comfortable to question/fight illegibility of current SPLM leadership. May be those who are now out of job such as Gen Malong may admit their grave mistake. A military coup in South Sudan unlike anywhere else would be a rare welcome one.

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        • 20 February 09:58, by gatkhornuerikajuba

          A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.

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    • 18 February 10:51, by Jubaa5

      2 armies is not the problem,the problems is Salva wants to kill dr riek machar.2 separate armies is important at moment because it needs screening of the rebels and that of goverment army.
      You canot joining 2 armies together right away,it doesent make sense. Some soldiers needs counselling and trainning before joining national army. some are criminals ,some are sick and some are old.

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  • 16 February 04:52, by Mayendit

    Give me a break, are IGAD Mediators joking on South Sudan peace agreement?

    I have never heard such a very dumbest Idea about four vices president in small country. Why not just takes your money which you have been bribe to fools South Sudanese people. I think this Idea was brought from the Son of Fisherman Dr. Lam Akol, because he was been saying all long on created Prime Minister.

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    • 16 February 19:39, by lino

      Hahaaa! I suggest Presidential Rotation each tribe for 4 months term!!!

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  • 16 February 05:04, by Mayendit

    I think the Son of Shilluk Fisherman Dr. Lam Akol had told IGAD to created positions for more vices presidents so that, he will have room to get in. I am not sure what brought the Son of Fisherman in politics while, the job for any Fishermen is to cached fish alive and get written of them for food but I had never hear someone became a president from Fisherman’s family in the world.

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    • 16 February 19:44, by lino

      Good!!! A fisherman breeds a PhD holder!!! Lam Akol a very smart politician though I don’t agree with him in many things, but he can be an alternative to push the country little bit ahead!!!
      I know if he was given a Labor Ministry, he can send home many people working in the government today!!! He don’t joke when comes to hiring the right person in right place!!!

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  • 16 February 05:48, by Games

    No, armies, No peace. We are not going to repeat the what happens to Innocent none Dinka in the hands of Dinka tribal militia that have been sponsoring by M7.

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    • 16 February 06:35, by jubaone

      Games,
      Failure of the HLRF will set the stage of Equatexit. What NASSSDMC of Bakosoro and other armed groups in Equatoria must forge a unity of purpose. Equatoria does NOT need the rest of SS. Yes, we can do it alone. The rest have no added value to use; intellectually, economically, professionally and even morally. Just a worthless human burden and load.

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  • 16 February 05:53, by Tilo

    Nonsense
    So in South Sudan every body has to be in the presidency, IGAD is not there to bring peace in SS, They are there to get their interest as war continues.
    IGAD Should hand over the role to other organization period

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  • 16 February 06:55, by Eastern

    Without Kiir ceding some power, there won’t be peace in South Sudan!

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  • 16 February 07:27, by John Wetjunub

    Even our local chiefs in deep village can not make that decision for a Country to have 4 deputies president. i lost hope for Addis Ababa Peace.

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  • 16 February 07:40, by john akeen

    Surely,
    too many Commanders-too many governors-too many vice President-too many Mayers-too many commissioners-too many power hungers-too many tribalism-too many Rebellions-too many contraptions-too many displacements-too many haters-too many deaths-too many and too many. I just everyone will be a leader soon, there will be no Civilians in the country soon. Good luck and keep on playing

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  • 16 February 07:48, by Eastern

    Kiir’s intransigence is costly to humanitarian community; his intention to maintain the status quo must be be untenable and costly to him and his supporters. This is possible as alternative B. Kids gloves off!

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  • 16 February 08:05, by john akeen

    Correction. Too many Corruptions. South Sudan, fix yourself or else no one will fix you. Just look at U.S. the all world called they’re president as stupid dump idiot and all that, but he is ruling his people without any problem. Why can’t you just call for strong constitution and no one should rule for more the 10yrs and every citizen should have right to run for office trough people. Please make

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    • 16 February 08:18, by john akeen

      symbol for peace to come for people, stop asking for position, ask for the right things that can make all the people benefit, it looks like you politicians are just fighting over positions, but not for the people. What da fuck is that supposed to mean? By saying that this should appoint this and this should appoint this for only 120days, what if every one gets fare after 120days, than people shoul

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      • 16 February 08:31, by john akeen

        I mean than people should go back to war again or what? So ever one can get his/her position again for 120days

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  • 16 February 09:47, by Nairobimitot

    Ya Jinubian, people from outside our country, are playing with us. They are trying very hard for peace not to come. Having four vice presidents is like asking your son to marry four ugly women in which one of them will be the ugliest one that would cause more problems in the house for the whole family. That is unacceptable. The government of South Sudan cannot accept that. The Igad is there to enjoy themselves in Addis Abab because it is very developed and they just want to eat and do not want to make Peace. South Sudan is ready for meaning peace, and we are prepared to have peace in the country. Igad must consider other meaningful ways of searching for peace.

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    • 16 February 10:19, by jubaone

      Nairobimitot,
      You criticize the IGAD yet offer no better alternative. You want the status quo that cant bring us forward. Why not try something new, something out of the box? You cant keep stiring the same jienge shit and hope it turns into sorghum porridge. It is disgusting and stupid. Then lets have Kiirminal and Riak out! And you will again complain.

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  • 16 February 12:33, by Charles Majok

    Dear Friends, IGAD is not the source of the problems in South Sudan. The root causes of the ongoing war include, inter alia, nepotism, tribalism, greed, selfishness and inadequate education.

    Every child, man and woman living in South Sudan knows that the current administration is a complete failure. For example, how many schools, hospitals or roads has the government built in the last 13 years?

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  • 16 February 12:35, by Charles Majok

    The answer to my previous question is ’ZERO’!

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  • 16 February 16:46, by frank

    really tut kew its unheard for country to have 4vice presidents
    its also unheard for some one who can,t read/write his name to be a presidential advisor for security
    its unheard for pure illiterate to be given a technical position
    its unheard for traitor of all times even where he comes from (Nuer) to sit on the head of liberators
    you are doing nothing for the country and u need no peace?

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    • 16 February 17:47, by jubaone

      Frank,
      That’s why this HLRF is destined to fail. Imagine a one-eyed man bringing a completely blind man to show him the right way, it can’t work. Tut Kew an illiterate nyagat advising a kiirminal? Strange walai!

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  • 16 February 21:03, by Kush Natives

    This is narrated a great evidence that the useless rebellion against South Sudanese people is after power, not even a single taste of democracy as they keeps deceiving the whole world. Why would they "rebels" elements accept such, if they’re not stupid enough? Meaning that after transitional government, there will be four Presidents uh? Unfit peace!

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