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Opposition PDM rejects final document for peace in South Sudan

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Sudan's FM Al-Dierdiry Ahmed meeting South Sudanese parties at a session with Party leaders on the evening of Monday 25 August (Photo Nuur M. Sheekh/IGAD)

August 30, 2018 (JUBA) - The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) which is a member of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) rejected the draft revitalized peace agreement and recalled its demand for three autonomous regions in the country.

The opposition alliance led by Gabriel Changson Chang Friday along with the SPLM-IO endorsed the document of the revitalized agreement but said their final signing depends on four concerns saying President al-Bashir promised them he will address with the IGAD leaders.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Thursday evening, the PDM leader Hakim Dario denounced the signing of the draft agreement by Chang and recalled that he has no mandate to sign in their name.

"PDM along with other members have not authorized Mr Gabriel Chanson Chang, the interim Chair, to initial this Agreement in the name of SSOA as an opposition Bloc," said Dario, adding that "initialling and signing of the Revitalized Khartoum Agreement shall be in the name of each constituent SSOA member".

Earlier this month, the opposition group had already rejected the power-governance agreement and underlined that they do not approve the signing by the group leader of the agreement.

Dario further underscored that as a federalist group they demand to implement a "federal system of governance during the transitional period, based on three autonomous regions of Upper Nile, Equatoria and Bahr al-Ghazal with their borders as they stood on 1st January 1956".

On the issue of the number of states, Chang and Machar in their joint statement on the signing of the draft agreement said they want the IGAD leader incorporate a separate annexe in the body of the final peace agreement.

Juba refused the Annexe D which maintains the referendum as a default solution but provide to review the conformity of the 32 states with the tribal border in January 1956.

The opposition groups say that one of the problems caused by the 32 states system that it has allotted the land of some tribes to others fuelling tribal antagonisms.

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  • 31 August 09:02, by jubaone

    Great PDM! That is clearly the position Equatorians want and demand: federalism or kokora. I understand this may invoke bitter memories to the jienges who stubbornly don’t want to develop their areas but rather wait for Equatorians to intial progress. Equatorians can’t be held hostages by either jienges or nyagateen. They all have to go develop themselves and leave Equatorians go likewise. Simple

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    • 31 August 10:36, by Kush Natives

      jubaone,

      Your hatred attitude towards tribal bases is and will hold you hostage for another 150 years to come, mark my words today. As long South Sudan moving forward. You will definitely exit from that particular region to Uganda, Congo and Kenya period. Otherwise, expect an assimilation. There’s no room for nonsense, if Your traitors or sellout groups failed to abide by peace.

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      • 31 August 17:44, by jubaone

        Bush Natives
        I understand your bitterness. The jellaba were equally bitter when Junubin busted their asses. Take courage and play it cool. I’m simply implying that jienges would greatly do SS a favour if they sat down and got their hands dirty. Laziness, thuggery and savagery don’t help. We as Equatorians also want to passionately migrate to jiengelands. This can’t happen if you permanently squat

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        • 31 August 17:50, by jubaone

          ..in Equatoria and desert your luaks that regrettably have turned into grazing fields for cows and dying places for those less fortunate jienges. It appears, jienges are on the run 🏃 and none wants to voluntarily remain behind. This is sad. Only when your jienge leaders go back and not idle in Juba can the simple luakjienge also go.

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    • 31 August 12:20, by South South

      jubaone,

      We have to separate between good system in South Sudan and hating Dinka tribe. These two things stand separately. If we want good peace and justice for South Sudan, then we can achieve that through this peace talk, but if there is hatred toward Dinka tribe, then no one can help those who hate Dinka tribe. Nigeria and Ethiopia are two countries in Africa with FEDERALISM system.

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      • 31 August 12:26, by South South

        jubaone,
        Let’s take Nigeria FEDERAL system. In Nigeria, all governors are elected by their people in their states, FEDERAL government in Abuja is in charge of police, army and all security bodies. A governor of state can not give orders to the commissioner of police in his/her state, orders MUST come from Abuja, from FEDERAL government. It’s a mess in Nigeria.

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        • 31 August 17:29, by jubaone

          South South
          I see your argument and one federal system that works in one country can’t be copy-pasted onto another. There’s no single workable federal as a silver bullet for all countries. We need real power devolution in which our people e.g. determine their fate within a federated SS. I’m happy, if my fellow country people in Aweil, Bor, Juba, Wau, Malkal etc.

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          • 31 August 17:35, by jubaone

            all live free, progressive and healthy lives with both national and state govts not interfering much. We want a enfranchised people not at the mercy of worthless and stupid demagogue leaders. A laughing child in Rumbek is as much a heart relieve like one in Kapwata or Yambio. That is federalism. Today, 32 states mean nothing, if we’re not devolved.

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  • 31 August 18:26, by Eastern

    PDM is right...! The forthcoming IGAD heads of state summit will endorse the position of the regime in Juba. Dr. Machar would be trapped with no means of escape. The Khartoum peace jokes are just another version of Wunlt 1999 peace conference between Dinka and Nuer....!

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  • 1 September 11:08, by Kenyang ll

    Former 3 regions of Bhar Gazal, Equatoria and Upper Nile, 10 States among others were all done by someone else (Khartoum). If anyone is proud of these divisions, I have no doubt he will love 32 or 100 States; give it sometime. You can’t just rewind and hope to walk back to 10 States or 3 regions. Way forward: allow South Sudanese to vote how they want to be governed and how many States.

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  • 1 September 20:32, by lino

    The issue of 28/32/33 states will create a future Tribal Wars in Sout Sudan if not handle properly!!! It will be the recipe for country disintegration into Tribes Wars as it happened in Middle Ages History in the Arabian Land which was call “Besos Wars”- All Tribes on one another throats!!!
    Now we are using machines Guns, so causalities will be much bigger!!!

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