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March 30, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government Friday warned it would conduct elections to avoid illegitimacy and power vacuum if peace revitalizations talks with the opposition groups fail to reach a deal.

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Salva Kiir casts his vote in the 2010 elections.

A South Sudanese presidential adviser blamed the armed groups for obstructing the political process the IGAD is mediating to settle the more than four-years crisis in the country.

“The rebels are intransigent because the American sanctions have emboldened them. We know they are not going to engage in good faith in the next round of talks because they think the present government, the mandate of the transitional government of national unity expires in August," Tor Deng Mawien Presidential Adviser on Decentralization and Intergovernmental linkage told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

Mawien further predicted that the opposition would not sign a peace agreement and until August and then they will say that the "government is illegitimate and then go around the region and the world preaching it".

That will not happen. If the current efforts, including the revitalization process, fail to culminate into a new arrangement, the government will conduct elections”, he said.

In line with the 2015 peace agreement

Last Wednesday the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai said the gap between government and the opposition on security arrangements and power-sharing remains wide

"The gap between what the government proposes as the way to resolving the current situation and what the opposition is proposing is huge and wide. It is difficult to close," said Taban Deng Gai

The parties to the revitalization process are expected to meet next April to discuss a series of proposals the mediation will submit based on the positions of the two sides during the talks last February.

The presidential adviser reiterated the commitment of the government to end the war adding that any U.S.-instigated sanctions would exacerbate the situation if they are implemented.

Washington, the protector and close supporter of the young nation, now is accused by the South Sudanese officials of backing the opposition groups and

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  • 30 March 21:35, by Kush Natives

    That’s the only option left for us now, since rebels closed their deaf ears and stick to violence. We’re going to Addis soon, so that we see their reactions, then our last option back from Addis will be purposing an election period. So, we will expect all rebels out there to come and feed the public with their legitimacy, if they will h as be anything to offer.

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    • 30 March 22:34, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      The jienges have cooked the soup, they must learn to eat it alone. No peace. Go for your own elections. Case closed. The opposition will chase these jienge thugs like thieves till they drop all what they´ve stolen from the masses. They must return naked as they came. Even black hats, suits will NEVER help.

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      • 31 March 03:49, by Malakal county Simon

        Jubaone

        No election without a conducive environment first.... Those slaves the likes of South South, Kush Natives and retarded Khoryom2, you guys need to sit with your unwanted president and not to think about such idea which will never work....

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    • 31 March 02:21, by garrak1520

      There is a minimum required in a government, unfortunately your government has not and could not assume that responsibility; therefore need to step aside and let those who understand the role of a government to take over. Capable people in Juba but tribalism, greed have blinded you folks. Stop this nonsense of election unless you are talking about mayor of Juba, then Kiir could be the candidate.

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    • 31 March 08:18, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      Kush shit,
      where will the government get the money from to conduct elections when this stupid president was talking of bankruptcy? We all know that government is using excuses to make people believe that sanction is the problem. Both the rebels and the government stand a chance of being sanctioned, why is the government worried alone?

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    • 1 April 20:35, by garrak1520

      You talk about election when Government troops go hungry in Mugwo, Yei River, your own troops, troops that defend you. Are you expecting $$ from the Europeans and Americans, it won’t happen. The solution to the problem of South Sudan is Salva Kiir, so the solution is your resignation.

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  • 30 March 22:49, by Nairobimitot

    The Dinka must understand that Nuer people are their brothers and sisters, and because you are a prominent tribe, you must show your love to Nuer people. A country with Nuer and Dinka unity cannot be matched with any country around the World because it would be a prosperous country.

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    • 31 March 10:25, by Mookachaar Jieng

      Jienge/slave they have failed this country totally due to they are food fighters and lovers.Nothing else to do with people of South Sudan.They called themselves South Sudanese, they did not know that they are only Dinka/Slave.Nuer and Dinka/Slave will not be in South Sudan as one people.Nuer people will not and never forgotten their 70 sons who were killed in J1 and Juba July fighting.

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      • 31 March 10:32, by Mookachaar Jieng

        1370 soldiers of SPLA-IO fought for 4 days with 60,000 coward slave/jieng and they took their Master out by force, the visionary Leader Dr.Riek Machar Teny Durgon to Congo.
        Machar had been in the bush for 40 days as what Jesus Christ did. No room for thieves government to be in power for the coming month.Slave /jienge talk like fish, your time is going to an end now.no more chance to lead

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    • 1 April 14:30, by Kenyang ll

      Nairobimitot,
      I agree, big brother in South Sudanese cultures is required to take lead, do more and Dinka as big brother here has and should do more to restore peace and stability in country. Peace and love is sweet, it will make everyone a winner. It’s what our people deserve.

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      • 1 April 14:34, by Kenyang ll

        Dinka as a whole have nothing and had done nothing wrong against Nuer or any other tribe in the country. Despite few greedy Dinka and Nuer creating all this, it is our unfettered ebb of emotion and total lack of basic facts and understanding is to blame. Nothing short than the fact we destroyed our own people and country out of nothing and will continue to gain nothing.

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        • 1 April 14:36, by Kenyang ll

          Right after that Juba madness on Dec 15, and 16 2013 (purely SPLM problem and only SPLM to blame) which shocked all of us, many including myself were even shocked to see many Dinka being gathered and killed across Nuerland as revenge for what happened in Juba. Many Aweil citizens (mostly returnees from Sudan, soldiers and their families) were slit in the throats and killed in Bentiu.

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          • 1 April 14:48, by Kenyang ll

            Yet, Dinka including those in Aweil refused to carryout same vicious cycle, and up to date everyone there is going about their normal life. Recently, Dinka were selectively being screened and killed on public roads in Equatoria and again, no one is doing the same in Dinkaland. This is shouldn’t be seen Dinka don’t know how to kill innocent people.

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            • 1 April 14:59, by Kenyang ll

              Some people are blaming country leadership and SPLM failures on Dinka tribe, yet it was all tribes that voted for Kiir and SPLM and not Dinka tribe alone. Shouldn’t we at least blame ourselves? .... SPLA for crimes committed by some of its soldiers? Nuer as a tribe was overrepresented in Kiir regime and intertwined b4/after all this senselessness. Don’t you think Nuer has some blame?

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              • 1 April 15:09, by Nairobimitot

                Kenyang II
                I agree with your analysis, and I salute you. Stay true to your people as the whole, the people of South Sudan and do not take any revenge killing because one day God will make you the ruler of all for you did not receive any revenge against your brother.

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              • 1 April 15:09, by Nairobimitot

                Kenyang II
                I agree with your analysis, and I salute you. Stay true to your people as the whole, the people of South Sudan and do not take any revenge killing because one day God will make you the ruler of all for you did not receive any revenge against your brother.

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  • 31 March 00:45, by One people

    Yes we should go to election to vote president Kiir out or in, because we shouldn’t believe that peace will come to our country very soon. There is something going wrong in that peace revitalizations talks, we can see that in the peace revitalizations talks there are some people are being defending Riek Machar and there are some people are being defending president Salva Kiir and IGADs>>> countinu

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    • 31 March 01:35, by One people

      are being defending their political interest and also they are trying to learn on how to solve big problems, and USA. US gov are very confuse, they don’t know what is going on, but before US gov used to be very smart and they don’t do anything without knowing the details first and they never get confuse, but maybe is because they have confuse president. USA never supported Rebels before, but now

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      • 31 March 01:56, by One people

        my question goes to the people that who defending Riek Machar and president Salva Kiir, when are you gonna defend the hull South Sudanese people?

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  • 31 March 02:04, by Games

    0ne people
    There is no going to be election in August. Where they are going to campaign for election? Where they are going to steal money for election? Who are going to vote? Who they are going to contest against if the Oppositions are not there? The list could go on.... But the bottom line is that the SPL-JCE are playing games which they are trying to put more pressure on the Oppositions in or

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    • 31 March 04:54, by One people

      Mr. Games
      I C that you have a good point by asking a question, who is going to vote? Well, our politicians they don’t know what they are doing then snatching all over the world, they think they are doing something good, but they don’t, they are telling the world they’re politics secret

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  • 31 March 02:35, by lino

    ELECTIONS!!! It is way far if you really know what it means and the processes:
    1- Registration of people. You have 4 million of SS either living outside the country or in UN Camps.
    2- Majority of whom should be legal voters are not there to case vote.
    3- You need money to with the process which SS is lacking!
    Let us wait who will refuse to sign the revitalization on April! Don’t jump the gun!!!

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  • 31 March 07:21, by Sunday Junup

    Do your election if you have money

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  • 31 March 09:39, by Eastern

    Excellent! Let the desperate tribal regime shoot itself in the foot. Go ahead and conduct a sham election to maintain Kiir as the king deputised by Taban as his lapdog. The regime will continue fighting multiple rebellions ad nauseam!

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  • 1 April 05:57, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What they seek to promote is elections will only prove that Kiir’s government is a government of Dinka by Dinka for Dinka in a multi ethnic nation state. That must be resisted by all means.

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  • 1 April 07:32, by Kush Natives

    All rebels must shut up! Cease from posting nonsense here, no one care any more of what you’re fighting for. We’re holding an election, whether you vote or none! We’re tired of stupidity in daily basis. Toppling an elected government is a totally gone case long ago. Rebels is disgrace to people of South Sudan.

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