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N. Bahr el Ghazal elects first female speaker amid controversy

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July 23, 2012 (WAU) - Northern Bahr el Ghazal’s Legislative Assembly held a parliamentary ceremony on Monday to swear in the state’s first female speaker, days after the house approved a new cabinet in controversial circumstances.

Officials and members of the state assembly told Sudan Tribune that Monica Achol William Amoi is the first female legislator to ascend to the top-level parliamentary position since the state was created in 1994.

Athiang Manok Athiang became the new deputy speaker in a session boycotted by former speaker, Aguer Wol Aguer, and nine other members of parliament.

The ex-speaker cited breaches of Article 46 (1) (b) of the state’s transitional constitution, which he said prohibited the house from carrying out any activity after the session had been officially adjourned.

Amoi, in her address to parliament after taking her oath of office, praised Northern Bahr el Ghazal State’s Governor Paul Malong Awan for the achievements made by his administration.

She pledged parliamentary support and cooperation in delivering services and ensuring security. The new speaker expressed confidence that women had much to contribute in building the new nation of South Sudan.

Just over a year ago South Sudan seceded from Sudan as part of a 2005 peace deal ending decades of conflict.

She further stressed that respect and confidence in women as equal partners would benefit social, economic and political decision making.

In a copy of her speech received by Sudan Tribune Amoi said:

“Time has come for us to equally dance with our men in political arena. No man is born a politician, and no woman is born a cook! I am confident and would like to register my heartfelt gratitude and honour and assure you again that the female Members of this Assembly are determined to discharge their political duties in various political parties and am sure that we will not let you down in the process of the nation building.”

Majang Ngor Kuany, another former speaker of the house, welcomed the decision of the members and praised the house for electing a woman speaker, arguing that Amoi would be a role model to the rest of South Sudan’s nine states.

Amoi’s election "means a lot", he said. "It sends a clear message to the rest of the nine states of South Sudan that women can take any leadership position and hold it well to serve the people”, Kuany told Sudan Tribune on Monday from Aweil town, the state capital.

He said he was confident that the new speaker would unite the house to work together with the executive branch of the state government and other institutions in delivering services.

The lawmaker said that out of the parliament’s 35 members 10, including the ex-speaker, walked out leaving 25 members to elect Amoi and her deputy.

The walkout "did not affect anything" the MP said, as the "majority of the members remained."

Daniel Akol Diing, another member of the house, equally approved election of the new speaker, adding that the decision of the house was meant to create “unity and harmony” among members.

However, Aguer Wol Aguer, the former speaker, said that the decision violates not only the transitional constitution of the state but South Sudan’s transitional constitution, brought into being on 9 July 2011, the day of the country’s independence.

"They unilaterally decided to hold a session and elected [a] new speaker and the deputy without following any single constitutional procedure", Aguer told Sudan Tribune on Monday from Aweil town.

He expressed disappointment at the way the members of parliament had treated him.

Northern Bahr El Ghazal’s MPs had been divided by his decision to approve the impeachment of the state’s former minister of finance, Ronald Ruay Deng. The house had passed a vote of no confidence against the ex-finance minister after he failed to explain irregularities in the 2011 budget.

Deng claimed that the MPs who sided with him wanted to promote transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public resources.

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  • 24 July 2012 07:49, by Eastern

    Welcome on board Hon. Monica. Indeed no man is born politician and no woman is born cook. Congratulation Hon. Madam Speaker!!!

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    • 24 July 2012 08:24, by Madiing Aweil

      welcome Hon. Monica Achol William Amoi trillion of congratulations to you wish you the success in your new career in the leadership people are born free and equal as you stated in your first speech no men nor women born as a politician it is just a practical

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      • 24 July 2012 09:09, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        When will the south sudan politicians start to understand things,the way i can see how these south sudan politicians behave like those who came from cattles camps,every body is fighting for money,how to get rich in all the Ten states parliaments all are having problem within themselves.(Bravo Monica to be the frist woman speaker in the Ten state,shown them how parliament house should be guided.
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  • 24 July 2012 08:41, by Anti Terror Anti

    YOU ARE VERY WELCOME MONICA ACHOL TO HOLD THAT POST, BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER, ALWAYS STAND FOR JUSTICE TO SAY THE TRUE AT YOUR LEVEL RATHER THAN SPEAKING CORRUPTION THAT ALMOST ENGULF ALL OF U THERE IN CURRENT G.VT (SPLM) OTHERWISE U WILL BE EMBARRASSED LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR COLLEAGUES. BWANA MALONG CAN LAUGHT WITH U 2DAY AND CHANGE 2MORROW.....THINK ABOUT IT. ALL EYES ON U THERE IN NBG.SLA

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  • 24 July 2012 08:53, by Anti Terror Anti

    "NO MAN BORN AS POLITICIAN AND NO WOMAN BORN AS COOK" ...................YOU SAID IN YOUR SPEECH. BUT U KNOW WHAT, U MESS THINGS UP SOMETIME AND U WOMEN SMTIME DO THINGS WOMANLY. IF U ARE GIVEN FAVOR TO HOLD THAT POST BY YOUR COLLEAGUES DOESN’T MEAN U R THAT IMPORTANT TO BE ON TOP. EVEN IN THE BIBLE WOMEN HAVE NO RIGHT TO SPEAK IN FRONT OF MEN....(2TIMOTHY)

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  • 24 July 2012 13:24, by Morthon Akol

    Cogartulation comrade speaker, you are right by saying that no man born politician.But let us give thanks we are in a free country when a woman can say what she thinks if she isn’t afraid of her husband, her night bors and if she’s sure it won’t hurt her business.
    and again when you think of having a woment as a President, that is no problem. what’s worrisome is of having a man as a first lady.

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    • 24 July 2012 14:25, by Paanjunub

      Coming of Monica into the leadership of state assembly is a joy to almost Aweil people and great step for a woman to be in leadership in Aweil. But one thing I want to rest assure Madding Aweil here in the media is that, coming of Hon. Achol into the leadership is not to reform anything in leadership but simple corridor for corruption application. Monica bear with Malong in corruption.

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  • 24 July 2012 14:34, by Paanjunub

    If you don’t bear with him in corruption, you will follow the same path that Aguer Wol passed through, Talk your words and be aware of things that are out of question ahead of you. Guide your position in integrating/affliating corruption with that post. Make sure that work for Malong not Aweilin if you work for Awielian than you will be out in short time and you will go cry like Aguer.

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  • 24 July 2012 16:19, by philipdit wol

    My Congratulation to Monica Achol, that time have comes for you to be in that postion. you have been saving community rigth away from medical side -up to the Parliamentary body well, Done my Dear.

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  • 25 July 2012 07:59, by Observer

    Guess this article yet agains refutes my ignorant N Sudanese countrymen comments on this website, that women in the South are not allowed to participate in Govt, that there are no women MP’s etc..

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  • 26 July 2012 05:07, by Johnson John

    This appointment is based on a conflict of interest. The newly appointed Speaker of N. Bahr el Ghazal is a girlfriend of Paul Malong Awan Anei the governor. So to me there is nothing to celebrate on this particular appointment.

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  • 26 July 2012 05:26, by Johnson John

    wh are these greedy Northern Sudanese government seem to be serious about oil negotiation not borders disputes? The Oil is belong to the Sudan and we cannot be force to signed unconditional agreement in Addis Abba. Our corrupt chief negotiated (Pagan Amum) seem to play some little gambling in Ethiopia so that they can secure their looted Billions of dollar again. Death to Pagan and Gogrial mafia.

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