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Machar to be reinstated in his position of South Sudan’s First Vice President: Sudan FM


Participants in Entebbe meeting pose after reaching an agreement on the power sharing on 7 July 2018.
July 7, 2018 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) - The leader of the SPLM-IO, Riek Machar, would be reinstated in his position as South Sudan’s First Vice President, announced El-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed the Sudanese Foreign Minister on Saturday Kampala.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni hosted Presidents Omer al-Bashir and Salva Kiir and former South Sudanese President Riek Machar. The leaders of the other opposition groups also took part in the meeting.

After mentioning three pending issues on the governance chapter on 21 June, the IGAD special envoy for South Sudan urged the leaders of regional block to find a solution to ensure Machar’s "unimpeded participation" in the process.

Despite Kiir rejection of his participation, the region and the international community repeated that his absence from the process means the continuation of war.

On Saturday evening after the end of the meeting on the outstanding issues on the governance at the State House in Entebbe, the Sudanese top diplomat El-Dirdeiry said that Kiir accepted Machar’s reinstitution as first Vice-President.

"It has been agreed that there will be four vice presidents: the current two vice presidents, plus Riek Machar (who) will assume the position of first vice president, and then the fourth position will be allocated to a woman from the opposition," El-Dirdeiry told the AFP.

He further said that the proposal was "accepted by the government" and that Machar’s opposition had accepted the deal "in principle" but would "consider it and come up with the final position" following further negotiations, to begin in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, on Sunday.

The meeting on the governance outstanding issues came after the signing of security arrangements agreement in Khartoum on Friday.

According to the Revised Bridging Proposal, there would be three vice-presidents: The First Vice President nominated by SPLM-IO, the Vice President, nominated by the TGoNU, and the Third Vice President, nominated by the opposition groups SSOA, FDs & OPP, as a bloc.

The meeting which lasted for more than 10 hours discussed the composition of the cabinet, the legislature and number of states in South Sudan.

The official SUNA said Entebbe meeting further agreed to add 15 ministers to the current South Sudanese cabinet which is composed of 30 ministers. The SPLM-Io will be allocated 10 ministerial portfolios while the other opposition groups have the other five posts.

Also during the transitional period, the opposition groups will appoint 150 Members of Parliaments who will sit beside the MPs of the parliament.

For the number of states, the matter will be determined by the Independent, ad hoc Boundary Commission (IBC) which will review the establishment of new states and their boundaries and to make recommendations for addressing the consequences of these changes.

Khartoum talks will continue until the 10th of July to settle all the outstanding issues in the governance chapter of the peace agreement and draft an agreement including all the agreed points.


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  • 8 July 2018 02:15, by Khent

    Four Vice Presidents? South Sudan is a complete joke. If I was naive, these developments would suggest that war is actually coming to an end, but I really don’t think that Salva Kiir and Riek Machar can work together; a temporary peace is all this circus will achieve.

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    • 8 July 2018 06:42, by Tilo



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      • 8 July 2018 13:31, by Jongo

        You missed some behind after 4 VP, 40 Minister their will be more than 300 thousand primitive generals of security severance, 90 thousand tribes chiefs, Millions of ghost beside thousand of accompanied dirt now you can imagine the size this mess government & how long the pay roll will be maybe 1000 km GOD Help GUNS Silent= extreme corruption

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    • 8 July 2018 19:23, by The Rhino


      Its true what you said.These two ’leaders’(Riak and Kiir) can’t work together.They are too different in many ways,academically,intellectually and even rationally.A remote ’president’ like Kiir who predominantly depends on clan enterprise JCE has no competence whatsoever to analyze or sort things out on his own to proof any quality in leadership,nothing!He is only transfixed on tribal ....

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      • 8 July 2018 19:31, by The Rhino

        ...dominance and personal medieval achievements,all just nonsense.Riak has definitely blood on his hands no doubt,but he can be smart if he cuts off from his base and focus’s on the future and wellbeing of the three peoples in Equatoria,Upper Nile and Bahr El Gazal.Otherwise this Khartoum peace is just another gimmick and waste of time.What I really advice,is to separate the above regions..

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        • 8 July 2018 19:40, by The Rhino

          ...and let them go apart to find space,peace,calm and stability until when the right time comes,they(regions) will then unite and build a strong nation based on distinctive prides and qualities.If not Mr.Khent,we must violently separate to restore peace!

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  • 8 July 2018 03:02, by deng

    well, well, well,
    let reinstated everybody that was fired then. Paul Malong Should be reinstated, James Hoth should be reinstated and so on. F this deal.

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    • 8 July 2018 03:09, by One people

      Please shut up and let peace come to our country ok. Enough is enough. Thank you

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      • 8 July 2018 03:24, by deng

        excuse me! one people with who? Even you reinstated Riek and others are not included the suffering will not end.

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        • 8 July 2018 08:34, by dinkdong

          One people,
          Are you sure peace is coming to South Sudan? Was that the first time they signed that stup!d peace deal or did they ever honored it? With Kiir and Riek as leaders, South Sudan is doomed.

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          • 8 July 2018 13:40, by One people

            deng and Dinkdong
            I just want to tell you one thing and please you need to understand it. Keeping your enemies far away from you will destroy you. bring your enemies closer to you so you can see their spirit moving right in front of you. Whens you that, you will be happy because your enemy won’t hide from you. than It will be easy for you to capture them one by one if you play smart enough

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            • 8 July 2018 14:22, by One people

              To be a leader you must think outside the box and do the most impossible things in order for you to be powerful, that way you’ll lead your nation to the word level, don’t accept what is killing your people, but accept what can stop killing your people. 4 Vice presidents are nothing, so what if we have 4 vice presidents? Those 4 vice presidents are South Sudanese anyways.

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              • 8 July 2018 14:31, by One people

                let them be, and we as the inesonse civilace or the citizens of the country we will see if that war is about bringing all of us together or is about them being in the office only

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  • 8 July 2018 03:03, by lino

    Hahaa!!!! When a country is created without strong principles and objectives, failures in many aspects come to be true!!!
    Either both principals in or out, but if they are in, the new agreement should prevent both of them running for the presidency after the transitional period!!!

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    • 8 July 2018 03:31, by lino


      1- 1st VP= Riek Machar, Governance
      2- VP= Wani, Economic
      3- VP= Lam Akol, Services
      4- VP= Woman, Peace; Reconciliations, Harmony
      I know Dr. Lam Akol can be good in services and delivery as he is a Technocrat since Old Unitied Sudan!!!

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      • 8 July 2018 12:46, by South South

        Please change Lam to be woman because the position of 4th vice president is for woman. No problem if you can change Lam to be a woman, she can get it quickly.

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        • 8 July 2018 15:31, by Nairobimitot

          South Sudan
          You want to change the fourth Vice President to a Woman so that you can marry him and take his money that he gets from his post. Are you gaay?

          We want peace to come to our country, and we do not care how peace can home back. We the people of South Sudan just need our vices and President to get well and comprehend each other and share ideas about how they can make their country and develop it like Dubai.
          Peace to all of us even to those who are very crazy, I say peace be with you. Do not destroy South Sudan ever again because we are people, not animals. So, we cannot be living like animals in every generation.

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        • 8 July 2018 17:57, by lino

          Junubi Junubi,

          Do you need to put your eye glasses on? Lam is in the position #3 which is for opposition groups! We can’t afford 2 women VP’s here, plus we can have another Dinka, Bari or Nuer as VP in position #3 so Dr. Lam is the right fit as Cholo and very qualified!!! Let see...🤪

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  • 8 July 2018 03:05, by One people

    Our president accepted all of this proposals because he wants to end all of them sufferings that is killing our people, but Riek’s just wants position. Anyways we want peace in our country so we can enjoy our fruits and to walk on the street without thinking that someone will call you abed or slave

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    • 8 July 2018 03:11, by Malakal county Simon

      If 4 vice-presidents is what can bring peace, let’s it be it because peace is the priority and we needed it now....But we must have an election date....

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    • 8 July 2018 03:22, by Khent

      "Our President"? We don’t have a President. All we’ve got is the head honcho of a criminal syndicate. And if he really cared about the suffering of our people, he wouldn’t have sparked a terrible and devastating conflict on a false prospectus... for his own political ends. If he truly cared, he would have resigned years ago - in recognition of the fact that he (and Riek) are polarizing figures...

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      • 8 July 2018 03:31, by Khent

        The cold, hard truth is that none of them care (in the slightest) about the well-being of our people. As proper psychopaths, this is just a game for them; political positions are seen and treated as platforms for personal enrichment and empowerment. Politics (the world over) attracts meglomaniacs and the mentally ill, however, there is at least the of illusion of concern...

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        • 8 July 2018 03:40, by Khent

          ..by non-African leaders through the building of critical infrastructure and the delivery of basic services. The Scandinavian countries are the only ones that seem to have truly mentally healthy leaders — resulting in societies that are the gold-standard in virtually every metric. Africa is the only Continent without a single successful Country. Why is that? Is it our "leaders"? Yes and no...

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          • 8 July 2018 03:49, by Khent

            ..Our "leaders" are products of our societies; they’re greedy, incompetant, corrupt, myopic and ignorant because we’re all these things. Things will only change, when we change.

            Back to the issue:

            I can’t see how Salva Kiir and Riek Machar will actually achieve a durable peace. War will rage on or the peace will be short-lived.

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            • 8 July 2018 04:22, by Lokoli

              Khent. I have noticed that you are educated person but were consumed by hates but now what you are saying is being patriotic and standing above the culture of dominant.

              We have thousands of qualified South Sudanese who can lead us to the promise land. The journey was started by the late Dr John. It was cut short and it messed the whole dreams of a peaceful country.

              So let have this fixed.

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              • 8 July 2018 04:26, by Lokoli

                The main focus should be on the building of strong constitution for the nation to avoid success of opportunistic individuals. Strong constitution will guide us. The reforms must be carefully checked by those who have the opportunity to contribute to make it a workable document.

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    • 8 July 2018 03:29, by deng

      one people, can you search and tell me what country on this planet has four Vice President? This is my proposal if you peace and you think only this two man will bring peace. Fire Wani and Taban Deng Gai and reinstated Riek Machar Vice President the old way and let see M.f.

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      • 8 July 2018 04:15, by Lokoli

        Deng. It does not matter how many Vice President we have, if this is the means to meet the ends then let it be so. 99% South Sudanese would agree if this is the means to achieve peace. People like you who never tested or see the true suffering of our people selfishly do not care. Both of those two leaders will not be there forever, they will naturally.

        Now Deng, what do you really have in mind?

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        • 8 July 2018 05:03, by deng

          You might be born in 2000."People who never see suffering like you" F.. your language. I have seen it all than you and reinstating your crooks won’t help at all. How many times have Riek been reinstated starting during struggles in the 90s, 2015, and now its seems you guys enjoys the suffering of our people and wanted to for-long it. In my mind Riek should tell his supporters to silence—

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        • 8 July 2018 05:11, by deng

          Riek known he can’t win election after all these mess and people like you think him being vice president would help. I like Taban Deng Gai more than your M.f. Taban care more about the suffering of South Sudanese people than your two crooks. One thing I don’t push Salva Kirr is that, he was elected as a president and should leave power through election write it down in your book and no short cut

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          • 8 July 2018 07:54, by Eastern


            Just go ahead and keep Dr. Machar parked in South Africa and let your maggot Taban Deng remain where he is.....Simple!

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    • 8 July 2018 15:44, by Nairobimitot

      One People
      Our President Salva did not cause this war; I was our people to take a good look and think about our President. If you are a thoughtful person, we will conclude that yes he is a good man. But some people are pressuring him telling him that he needs to protect his post and this is okay. Nobody can contest to that.

      The same with Riek Machar. Riek was advised by some crazy people around him to leave the Vice President seat and move up to the President Sit. And he listened to that advice, and because of that, the war started.
      So, now, we all have learned this good lesson including myself. My question is, are we ready to work together? I mean our people must work together not against. Pump that oil, relax and eat in your own country. But make sure that the security organ, is solid across the country. Before you talk about the security, you need to make sure that South Sudan has only One Army, not two. And President Kiir and Riek should leave all the bad things that happened behind them so that they can move foreward and the country.

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      • 8 July 2018 18:29, by One people

        yes our p didn’t cause any war, it is Riek M and his gangs who started the war,they did that because they think p kiir is weak and they can take his office very quickly if they fight him. They do know no verywell that no one will vote for them if they go to election.I feel so sorry for some tribes in our country because they have a bad leader that always lead them to death

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  • 8 July 2018 05:03, by Games

    Salva Kiir brought all these dramatics to himself. The goods news, Salva Kiir will never fired Machar again till one of them has voted out in future election. Let hope for the best this country has temporarily peace settlement

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    • 8 July 2018 05:22, by deng

      Did you here how many months they are going to run the country until next election? 36 months = 3 years and by then, they get back all they lost in the war and smile again together. I believe he will rebel again if he don’t win the president and maybe someone need to step down to let Riek be a president then we will all have peace.

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      • 8 July 2018 14:11, by Lokoli

        Mr Deng. There is no short cut to peace. Keep with the hates but for the majority of South Sudanese they want peace and have no time to keep in the past. And for your information, South Sudan never had presidential election. So, Mr President was not elected. That why you talk young and reckless. There is no need to display my experience here. Grow up in the mind if at all you are mature.

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    • 8 July 2018 05:34, by Mayendit


      You are very happy because your uncle will be return to first vice president right? I got to tell you Allah jabu again.
      Let him come back and I want to make sure this guy must go to headquarter of William Nyuon Banydit and Kerubino Kuanyin Bol. I am tired about Riek Machar since 1991 to this moment. He is not human who can learn from the past mistake so he must go to that headquarter.

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    • 8 July 2018 06:04, by South South

      Let Riak comes to Juba first. He Must change love peace. If he starts again his behaviors of the past, I to you he will be chicken coming home to Roost.

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      • 8 July 2018 06:07, by South South

        Correction: I mean I tell you.

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      • 8 July 2018 07:57, by Eastern

        South South,

        Stop this chest thumping, stop the posturing. You tried the war option but ended up burning the whole country where your life has been reduced to misery..... Let the regime dare not start another futile war!

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        • 8 July 2018 12:41, by South South

          I want real peace to come because that’s what South Sudan needs. Warning, any rebel including Riak must change and endorse the peace because coming to Juba and start doing stupid things will be met with severse and tough action, that’s all.

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  • 8 July 2018 05:51, by Mayendit

    Distribution of the States.
    If all Nuers wanted to be one State then, let it be. I can see the reason why some Nuers people wants the States to be combine is because they know their attitudes, they can not rule themselves. But if they wanted to have one State then, it is to up them but the rest in the country will stayed like that. You can not force other people to combine them while cause problem

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