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S. Sudan considering a referendum on creation of states


May 20, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government said it could consider a referendum on the new states controversially created through a presidential decree issues in December 2015.

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The 10 states of South Sudan

The move, government said in a new position paper, would put to rest the controversy that came with new states established within the young nation.

“The question of the number of states is for the people of South Sudan to decide. Government expresses a strong popular demand for the creation of even more states,” partly read the paper.

The position paper, which was presented by the Juba government to the regional bloc (IGAD), agitates peoples’ views on these states.

“Government invites IGAD to consult the people of South Sudan to ascertain their views on the question of states,” it further stressed.

In 2015, the South Sudan’s president dissolved the nation’s 10 regional states and created 28 new ones, in a move seen as undermining a peace deal signed in August to end the country’s two-year civil war.

However, in his a decree establishing the 28 new states, Kiir said he was guided by South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution. He also said one purpose of the new states is to decentralize power, placing resources closer to the rural population while at the same time reducing the national government size.

Opposition parties in the country responded by rejecting Kiir’s decision and regarded the decree on the new states as "null" and "void".


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  • 21 May 2018 12:27, by Joker Wizard

    Dear country men, what South Sudan needs is peace, development for the people and not augmentative of as to who is popular and so forth. why spend money on none issues like # of states and how much I earn. this is stupidity. no medicine in hospital, no drinking water, no school .... no no no no nothing. spare this country and lets enlighten for the upcoming generation. shame shame.

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  • 21 May 2018 14:55, by Lenin Bull

    The issue of 10 states, or 33 states, or 50 states, cannot and should not kill innocent people across South Sudan. This is because if it is subjected to referendum, the people will decide for themselves what is good. Those who love their current states will vote for 32/3 states and those who hate their current 32/3 states will either vote for 10 states or something else.

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  • 21 May 2018 15:01, by Lenin Bull

    Even the issue of these two idiots( Kiir and Riek) should not have killed innocent citizens like it did, and destroyed properties worth billions of dollars and exposed the innocent women, children, and elderly to such huge unprecedented danger if we South Sudanese people were a little bit rational to subject them to elections.

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  • 21 May 2018 16:26, by Sunday Junup

    South Sudanese did not vote in the first place for 3 region, 10 states, 28 states or 32 states why calling them to vote at this critical stage? you must be crazy, why don’t you use the same way you created them to reduce them? what we needs now is Peace with Kiirimnal and Dr.Riak out of Positions. Rebbeca Nyadeng as president, Angelina Teny as vice president mean while Wani Iga speaker of Parliame

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    • 21 May 2018 17:21, by jubaone

      Sunday Junup
      Great line of thought. The Kiirminal is simply foolish, impulsive and emotional. He has in no single instance used common sense and conscientious approach. He suddenly wakes up and thinks..oh! Shit 💩 perhaps a referendum would do. Did this Kiirminal ask us when he ordered for 28, 32 or states? Jienge bullshit!

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      • 21 May 2018 19:27, by South South


        At least referendum is a fair game and if someone doesn’t like his/her state she/he can vote no for new states and vote yes to return to the old. Only, if we have very stupid people in South Sudan to question our president about this.When president makes a decision and it went out to people, people own it and not president anymore. This is very simple like one, two, three.

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        • 22 May 2018 06:13, by jubaone

          South South
          Just shut up Abyei scoundrel and "juronit". When the owners of the land discuss, you jellaba slaves and foreigners just shut up. Did your foolish uncle Kiirminal conduct a referendum b4 he ordered for the 28, 32 states? Jienges like you simply dog 🐶 your benydits and bandits without question. Just stupid.

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      • 21 May 2018 19:44, by Eastern


        The regime in Juba likes being diversionary and erratic. What referendum is the regime talking about now when the masses are on the run for their dear lives. Kiir created all these chaos because he likes listening and taking advice from a certain group of dinka old men, forgetting that these are men responsible for the divisive policies in the land. Good riddance to Kiir and sycophants!

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        • 22 May 2018 07:27, by jubaone

          With Lewis Anei (Sec Gen of JCE) having rebelled and now jienge architects realize that the 28 ,32 states are just worthless as they themselves. Financially broke, administratively weak, without skilled and educated human resources, these worthless jiengestans are just like open cattle camps. Many jienges have run 🏃 to Equatoria, Darfur, Kenya, Uganda so?

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          • 22 May 2018 07:33, by jubaone

            These jiengestans themselves seem to defy the very rationale why they were created as most of them come to squat and idle in Equatoria. They want 32 states and can’t do anything and when we go fo Kokora/federalism they jump up squeaking like frightened chicken 🍗. Did you see the picture of the Gok state governor working under a tree 🎄? Ministers without even bicycles?

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