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S. Sudan lawmakers unanimously endorse Wani Igga as new VP


August 24, 2013 (JUBA) – An extraordinary session of South Sudan lawmakers on Saturday unanimously endorsed James Wani Igga as the country’s new vice president.

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South Sudanese MPs stand during a parliamentary session in Juba on August 31, 2011 (AFP)

The extraordinary sitting, chaired by the deputy speaker, Daniel Awet Akot, gave limited opportunities to the members of the house to deliberate over vetting mechanisms and approval of the nominee.

Members of the assembly, Akot told reporters, approved the nomination of the new vice president "unanimously" with "no objection".

He however stressed that limited debate was allowed during the session due to time factor, declining to comment on the parliamentary procedures and mechanisms used to endorse Igga’s nomination.

Under the country’s Transitional Constitution, the house adopts a parliamentary decision after application of certain mechanisms. This includes a provision, which permits taking decisions by unanimity, consensus or by simple majority exercised through secret vote.

Igga, formerly the national legislative assembly speaker was Friday appointed by President Salva Kiir, exactly a month after he dissolved his entire government, including the position of vice president.

He was first considered for the position during a consultative meeting the president convened for senior members from the south-ruling party (SPLM), last month.

With at least two-thirds of the country’s lawmakers required to endorse the vice president’s nomination, fears were high that the house would reject Igga, just like it happened to the new justice minister two weeks back.


Kiir had earlier uttered strong statements threatening to dissolve the elected national parliament, unless its members backed his choice of the new vice president during the vetting.

The president made the remarks Saturday morning during a meeting he held with the ruling party’s (SPLM) parliamentary caucus, where he introduced his nominated new Vice President, James Wani Igga, lobbying for his endorsement.

“Actually some of us lobbied the appointment of comrade James Wani Igga. We also lobbied the house to approve his appointment by consensus. I was one of the members who personally assured the president that we will work for comrade James[Wani Igga] to be approved, but I was surprised that the president showed lack of trust by resorting to threats and intimidating behaviours”, a lawmaker who attended the meeting told Sudan Tribune.

The legislator, who preferred anonymity, claimed Kiir showed up at the meeting in an “unfriendly” mood and gave no chances for comments, introducing only his new deputy before closing the meeting.

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South Sudan’s new vice president James Wani Igga (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

“The purpose of this meeting is to introduce you comrade James Wani. He is not new to any of you because he was the speaker of the national legislative assembly, but I am doing this now because you know he has now been given new assignment, which require your support without objection”, the president reportedly said.

The president, another MP said, “was rough and used undiplomatic language”.

“I wanted to be given an opportunity, but the president decided to close the meeting without giving us a chance to talk. It was like talking without the right to ask or comment. I think the president acted that way because he feared the house would reject endorsing the nomination of comrade James Igga,” he said.

He [Kiir] must have been given wrong advice about members of parliament, added the lawmaker.

The South Sudan leader, he further disclosed, threatened to dissolve the entire the assembly, while some members were allegedly called by security operatives and asked whether they still belonged to the SPLM.

Meanwhile, the vice president, sources told Sudan Tribune, will be sworn-in on Sunday before he takes over office Monday.

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  • 24 August 2013 16:50, by Gäär

    Illiteracy and dictatorship don’t go together.

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    • 24 August 2013 16:54, by dude

      Let us all laugh at these two comedians jokes for we know that they are not going to achieve anything. they can only make us and the nation laugh. But we will vote them out in 2015 when things will get serious.

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      • 24 August 2013 17:56, by Mapuor

        Only vagabonds and panhandlers would go against the appointment of Mr Wani Iga as vice president.Those thugs who laugh at this important assignment will only do so in vain.Stalwarts of SPLM are now celebrating everywhere on earth.Alluta continua

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        • 24 August 2013 19:33, by dude

          Mapuor, I know know that it is an important assignment for Bari and Dinka. The Bari Man will make you laugh so bad even your stomach will hurt so bad. But Do not worry the Nuer and the the rest of equatorians will give you some medicine to take for your stomachache in 2015.

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          • 25 August 2013 06:40, by Dau-network

            Thanks a lot lawmakers, we public are really happy about independence of parliament from influences of some individuals. We put our hopes in you keep up regardless whats facing you. Wani deserved that rewards from S Sudanese for contributions he made especially his mobilization of youths of equatorians, and humble way he had accommodated Dr Riek with his groups for unity of S Sudanese.thanks MPs

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      • 24 August 2013 19:04, by jijury

        Nuer will not declared Kaclora at this time do you recall when the Nuer declared Kaclora in 1991 to correct Garang’s misguided vision to self determination? All tribes along with Dinka started gossiping, Nuer like to kill people Nuer like to do this, Nuer like to do that. Now the same people are making noises about Nuer, but they just quiet watching carefully until the right time comes.

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      • 24 August 2013 20:49, by Arakataa

        wait for 2015 man it is not that fare as you think .votes him out if you think.

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        • 25 August 2013 06:12, by Mi diit

          So the MPs did not endorse James Wani Igga, they were simply threatened by the baby-dictator incompetent Kiir to clap for him in approval of his appointment or risk dissolving the parliament which is the only source of income to feed their families. The dictator has won and is well encouraged now to go ahead with the SPLM party using the same threats. We are heading for a DISASTER!!!!

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          • 25 August 2013 06:18, by Mi diit

            James Wani Igga should now feel like a special baby of the baby-dictator Kiir who brought him as VP using iron FIST. Igga, for love for VP position allowed the parliament he once led to be denied the right procedures of vetting appointees. Igga has sold his soul to the DEVIL. And let us see how long their ship will continue to float. Igga has limited support in Bari community. Kiir is a hangover!!

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            • 25 August 2013 06:28, by Mi diit

              The first song that will be sung in the cabinet meeting when the two get together in the hall for the first time I guess will be the favorite song of James Wani for incompetent Kiir: BABA JAA, LELELE, BABA JAA, LELELE, BABA JAA, LELELE, ahaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... What a country!!!

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    • 24 August 2013 18:12, by jijury

      Let the government of idiots, for the idiots by the idiots continues. Who would not want to endorse this weak inept leader called Wani? Let Wani and worship his King peacefully. It’s not Dr. Machar’s interest anyways to prevent this idiot from being the vice president. Dr. Riek goal is to prepare himself for upcoming election that’s all.

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      • 25 August 2013 00:18, by Kenyang

        Greetings Jijury!
        I can see you are Dr. Riek’s headedman and I must advce you are on wrong side. Nothing personal nor am I against any of South Sudan’s tribes but the man you support can’t have enough votes or bullots to win as presidency. Dr. Riek simply has dirty history of power-seeking disregard of huge sufferings of his people- South Sudanese.
        If I can’t support that man,I bet majority can’

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  • 24 August 2013 17:21, by George Bol

    Brother 2015 is very far. You are wasting our time for talking about 2015 election.The time we will talk about that is not yet for Jiengdit. That is why Jieng is not a noise maker but wait for intention to be declare so they respond.Your likes will not even talk about 2015 if it come but will say again 2020. "The reward of sin is always death",that is what hunting hopeless.

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    • 26 August 2013 01:27, by Don P

      A year in politics is very short. 2015 is not far, you must be one of Salva’s advisors.

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  • 24 August 2013 17:37, by goyuom

    welcome to the seat mr Wani Igga but don;t allow stupid kirr to spoil your name before Bari citizen. because he is going to use you for killing your c0mmmuinty as his brother normally did in Juba. no thanks to kirr

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    • 24 August 2013 18:04, by Mapuor

      Mr Kiir is a visionary and charismatic leader whose legacy will live on for generations.The independence of South Sudan could not have been possible had it not been for Kiir’s patience,forgiveness,persistence and determination.The most important quality of a leader is to be consistent and sticking to objective.Kiir oyeeee,SPLA/M oyeee

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      • 24 August 2013 18:39, by jijury

        Mapuor, stop glorifying Salva for nothing do you even know what a visionary and a charismatic leader mean? Or are you using Gogrial’s dictionary? Salva so far is known as confused, incompetent, and weak dictator with gawky legacy. Starting from July 23, 2013, the world put him down as a dictator who’ve removed his vice and dissolved the entire cabinet in one day leaving only himself in the office

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      • 24 August 2013 19:36, by dude

        Mapuor, I know know that it is an important assignment for Bari and Dinka. The Bari Man will make you laugh so bad even your stomach will hurt so bad. But Do not worry the Nuer and the the rest of equatorians will give you some medicine to take for your stomachache. The Equatorians, and the Nuer Are tired of your Dinka dominated SPM. We will have an inclusive new Government in 2015 for all.

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      • 24 August 2013 20:51, by Ram Mi Raan

        Kiir is a dictator with bird brain,their govt with wani will be a laughing things, kiir with confused mind will mess up things and wani will tell entertain him of good job, govt of yes men.tikyual kuoth will die in due date because of serious STI that’s why his central nervous system is affected AND ALCOHOL INTERFERES WITH HIS MENTAL ATTITUDE. HE IS REASONING LIKE A CHILD OF ONE YEAR.

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  • 24 August 2013 19:33, by dude

    Mapuor, I know know that it is an important assignment for Bari and Dinka. The Bari Man will make you laugh so bad even your stomach will hurt so bad. But Do not worry the Nuer and the the rest of equatorians will give you some medicine to take for your stomachache in 2015.

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  • 24 August 2013 23:03, by Kenyang

    A selfless, humble nationalist got his deserved national rewards back from power-hungery opportunist.
    With comrade Wani Igga, South Sudanese are destine to harvest peace.
    Stand on the way of opportunists- such as Lam Akol, Riek Machar...

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    • 25 August 2013 11:53, by goyuom

      if you really politician like Dr Riek in South sudan never use tribal comment in this web site like those comment talking about nuer in general or Dinka though hard to identify the poisonous snake from none one but still you have high chances to identify some. to all of you dear brothers sisters if you think Dr Riek and Dr kiir are not doing well in the south don;t general their tribe be specifi

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  • 25 August 2013 14:38, by Konkooc

    riek so called cripple movement of 1991 of Ketbek/nasir will cripple up to death with him. is better for dr massacre of 1991 to quit SPLM in which he defect from in 91 and resort to his dead party ssim. how come you rule people in which you killed in 1991, you destroyed your profile since then, please leave politic and make use of your phd as lecture in Juba university or elsewhere

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    • 25 August 2013 15:36, by Mi diit

      To the contrary Dr. Riek Machar will soon come back NOT as VP but as the president and the whole nation shall welcome him and be happy. He will develop this nation. I pity Kiir for destroying his borrowed good legacy.

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