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S. Sudan presidency opposes creation of prime minister position


August 19, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese presidency said Tuesday that any move to create the position of a prime minister for its opposition leader would violate the country’s transitional constitution.

South Sudan’s former vice-president turned rebel leader, Riek Machar (AFP)

“President [Salva] Kiir’s administration is not, and will never be ready for creation of prime minister’s post, if that was what Riek [Machar] is looking to get. The president is the protector of the constitution and therefore would not violate the constitution of the Republic of South Sudan”, presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny said in a statement.

Ateny also dismissed as untrue the rebel leader’s claims that the government had acquired arms worth $1.7 billion, saying the latter would rather support humanitarian assistances instead of spending such resources on weapons for a senseless war .

“Concerning the allegation from the rebel leader of the government’s sales of arms worth of $1.7 billion US dollars, the office of the president is taken aback by the level of lies being manufactured by rebels out of desperation. Such allegations are far-fetch and wanting statement from rebel Riek Machar," stressed Ateny.

"The government has never bought arms since 2008, and at the peak of humanitarian disaster created by Riek Machar, has no reason to buy arms when its citizens are struggling to get basic needs," he added.

The presidential aide further stressed that all efforts were underway by the leadership to bring peace and reconciliation to the citizens instead of prioritising arms dealings.

“The government is genuinely working to bring peace and to reconcile its citizens. It does not need more arms than what is already available”, he said.


Ateny described the recent offer by president Kiir to appoint rebel leader Machar the second vice-president as a goodwill gesture seeking to end the ongoing conflict.

Last week, Onyoti Adigo, the minority leader in the national legislative assembly openly criticised the new proposal saying there was no provision in the constitution, which mandates the president to create the position of second vice president.


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  • 20 August 2014 07:41, by George Bol

    No to creation of prime minister. If riek machar reject second vice president then let them his supporters die for stupidity.

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    • 20 August 2014 07:59, by Sir King

      Kiir Mayardit, Ateny Wek and Makuei Lueth can not be normal.You can not take responsibility of arranging the government of which in the war, you are part of the problem.

      This is something shameful. The interim government is something behind the constitution and I have to tell thickminded people that there must be a prime Ministry to end the war.

      People hate truth.

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      • 20 August 2014 09:43, by Mr Point

        Sudan Tribune says:
        "Ateny also dismissed as untrue the rebel leader’s claims that the government had acquired arms worth $1.7 billion, saying the latter would rather support humanitarian assistances..." .

        Bloomberg Jul 9, 2014 says:-
        "China is selling $38 million worth of missiles, grenade launchers, machine guns and ammunition to South Sudan’s government"

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        • 20 August 2014 09:47, by Mr Point

          SPLA in Opposition exaggerates the figures in which there is some basis in fact.

          SPLA in Government is in denial, as if there were no such thing taking place.

          This is also true of the Juba massacre of Nuer civilians by government forces. SPLA in Opposition exaggerate the numbers - but Kiir’s Juba faction in government pretends it did not happen.

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    • 20 August 2014 08:53, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      S. Sudan constitution has ulterior by allowed murderer to be a live.
      Constitution should sentence the following killers.
      * Riek Machar, should be trial against the case of murder.
      * Yau Yau should face death sentence despite of peace agreement signed because he made crime.

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      • 20 August 2014 09:18, by Malakal county Simon

        Makuac Lam:

        Be aware that’s you’re name here also represent you, in face book!!!!! Just being real!!!!!! Your take!!!!!!

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    • 20 August 2014 09:12, by chuol

      @ Supporter of Ateny Wek, What good things ateny have seen in the government which mistreated himself when he was a columnist? Let everyone give room to a true and we will live in peace!!!!!!

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  • 20 August 2014 08:12, by Developer

    Dr.Macher is not interested to be appointed as a second v.president not even prime minister position of S.Sudan but his intention is to contest for the democratic election in 2015. president Kiir knows through democratic system Dr.Macher is going to win.

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  • 20 August 2014 08:13, by maumau

    Ateny Wek Ateny, in any peace situation especially this one of ours of South Sudan, there is need to make compromises and restore peace in the country. How long do you people want this war that you people in the government created should last and kill South Sudanese or do you want to see rebellion in the whole country so that you start thinking of making compromises? Think about citizens who are d

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  • 20 August 2014 08:15, by maumau

    Think about citizens who are dying in the army, rebels and civilians and the country`s reputation. You make us look very cheap, you have failed our country, you have failed to put a governing system. shame on you.

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  • 20 August 2014 08:31, by Thondet Manyang

    I don’t understand what Riak wants which makes him killing innocent Nuer Youths. He was in very same goverment and failed to deliver. Will it be Prime Minister (Minister of Cabinet) that will make him deliver? I hate him!!!

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    • 20 August 2014 09:07, by Malakal county Simon

      Kill hang yourself because is happening....... Not prime minister under Foolish president, but presidency post!!!!!! I hope you’re satisfies now

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    • 20 August 2014 09:27, by angunliach

      it is good to write and talk, but difficult to act and implement what u proposed, please do anything possible to bring peace.

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  • 20 August 2014 09:48, by Black Africa

    We support Dr Reik Machar to fight against Dinkas domination in the government of the RSS. So,we are calling for the 63 tribes to join Dr Reik so we can eliminate the HIV Virus which is the Dinkas tribe in the RSS.

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  • 20 August 2014 11:34, by wang

    Kiir has no place in an interim govt formation, so why she is wasting her times….this outcomes govt will be leads by those have not murdered the armless civilians in Juba…

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  • 20 August 2014 14:44, by Developer

    Dr.Macher is not interested to be appointed as a second v.president not even prime minister position of S.Sudan but his intention is to contest for the democratic election in 2015. president Kiir knows through democratic system Dr.Macher is going to win.

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  • 20 August 2014 14:53, by Dengic

    Black Nuer,Dinkas are here in south to rule and dominate, whether you like it or not.

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  • 20 August 2014 16:45, by Kim Deng

    The Dinka Kingdom is burning and/or going to burn from all the corners.

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