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South Sudan’s SSOA cannot be chaired by UN blacklisted leader : Changson


December 3, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) cannot be headed by a man blacklisted by the United Nations, said a statement attributed to Gabriel Changson faction on Sunday.

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Gabriel Changson Chang (ST)

Following the contested election of Peter Gadet Yaka at the head of the SSOA on Friday 30 November, the opposition umbrella is now divided into two factions as the former chairman Changson refuses to accept the result of the vote.

Peter Gatdet’s supporters point out that the term of the chairperson is limited to six months and for one unrenewable mandate. Also, the underline that he won with the support of a majority five of eight votes.

But Chanson in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Sudan warned again against Gatdet’s election pointing that he is under UN individual sanctions decided by the Security Council in July 2015.

"SSOA Leadership should not challenge the International Community by nominating a UN Indicted person to lead SSOA and at the same time, we criticize TGONU for doing the same. We should stick to our principles of calling spade a spade," says a statement with the headed paper of SSOA-US.

Reached by Sudan Tribune on Monday morning, Changson confirmed its content.

His statement mentioned some procedural infractions such as the absence of election regulations in the SSOA, the quality of those who participated in the election saying four unaccredited Representatives participated in the meeting of the Leadership Council that elected Peter Gatdet.

However, he added that the real motivations for the coup can be attributed to their some differences in the Leadership Council particularly that some leaders disapproved a visit of SSOA delegation to Juba for Peace Celebration and their stay for some weeks. Also, the same leaders do not want the implementation mechanisms and institutions of R-ARCSS to conduct their meetings in Juba.

"Their quest for taking over the administration of SSOA as soon as possible with the aim of obstructing the smooth implementation process of R-ARCSS prompted them to bend the Regulation and Procedures of election," he concluded.


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  • 3 December 2018 10:15, by Eastern


    The big-nosed Gabriel Chanson Chan has forgotten that the peace a greement he sees as his was to one of the Vice Presidency slots was negotiated by an ICC indictee, a man with the blood of Darfurian on his hands! Kiir is gaurded by those blacklisted by the UN; who’s clean, before the much hyped Hybrid Court?!

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  • 3 December 2018 10:17, by Eastern

    Let all those claiming innocense pick the stone and cast those dirty folks (blacklisted by UN, ICC indictees, etc)
    in the game!

    I am only keen on seeing who remains standing at the end of the game!

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  • 3 December 2018 11:48, by Lenin Bull

    Wonders will never end. Dr.Lam Akol played Nuer against Dinka since 1991-2018. Now from 2018 onward Dr.Lam Akol is bent on playing Nuer against Nuer. I wonder when will the Nuer learn and avoid this bloody strategy of Dr.Lam Akol.

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    • 3 December 2018 11:58, by Eastern

      Dr. Akol cannot be blamed here. Whoever accepted the various entities in SSOA with their leadership should take up the blame. Kiir refused Malong’s participation in FEACE talks and that was granted by IGAD; Peter Gatdet found a seat at the FEACE talks in Khartoum and again that was granted by IGAD. Dr. Akol is just reiterating that whatever has been WRITTEN IN THE SSOA CHARTER MUST BE FOLLOWED TO.

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      • 3 December 2018 11:59, by Eastern

        .....THE LETTER...! Cherry picking an agreement is a very bad and dangerous thing to do......!

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        • 3 December 2018 13:25, by Redeemer

          There is a game that the learned individuals in SSOA wanted to achieve, the formation of SSOA was not for anything positive in the politics of South Sudan. It was clear from the beginning when Every group was acting without acknowledging SSOA during the peace process and upto now and our brothers the Nuer are not seeing this game

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        • 3 December 2018 15:30, by The Rhino


          This ’FEACE in THOUD THOUDAN’ will not hold.Tremendous hardships still lay ahead for any implementation to be honored.As we speak, government forces still rape and pillage civilians in Upper Nile and elsewhere across South Sudan.How come the jienge republic is numb on this one?I’m glad NAS and PDM made right decisions to distance themselves from SSOA.

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          • 4 December 2018 09:05, by Joseph Canada

            So The Chandon mony guy has refused to pass the seat to another guy eh? I said this before. I mean the Born to rule mentality. He thought he was going to head to Juba while the Head of SSOA eh? Hahaha. Am glad NAS/PDM over saw the problem.

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    • 3 December 2018 20:54, by padiit gaga

      Lenin Bul
      Dr. Lam did not used Nuer since 1991-2018 do not lie about in politice must be in thesame parties some times you must be in different parties with your brother it doesn’t mean that some one influent you but it defend in interest of peopl. Dr. Lam is coward he fear that something will happen again like war.

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