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South Sudan rebels agree to accept non-executive president


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 12, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – In an unexpected move, South Sudanese rebel faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former vice-president, Riek Machar, on Friday passed a resolution agreeing to share power with Juba government on conditions that the would-be prime minister has full executive powers.

South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, smiles as he meets his friends at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa on 9 May 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

The decision which would be the rebel’s official response to IGAD’s drafted power-sharing proposal comes as opposition faction on Friday wrapped-up a week-long consultative conference which had been held at the rebel-controlled town of Pagak, close to the Ethiopian border.

Many top generals in the past expressed their rejection to a power-sharing arrangements that would make president Salva Kiir remain as head of state during a transitional period.

Reached by phone, Nyarji Roman, Machar’s deputy spokesperson told Sudan Tribune that the conference has decided that Salva Kiir could remain as president, but executive powers are not shared with the president, explaining that the president will only be a ceremonial head of state while the prime minister heads the government.

Juba has previously agreed to share power with the break-away group if the prime minister who is to be nominated by rebels takes a non-executive position.

Kiir’s government also rejected adoption and implementation of federal system of governance during the transitional period under a Transitional Government of National Unity.

However, the rebel conference resolved that a federal system of government will be adopted and implemented from the transitional period and with critical reforms that will overhaul the current system.

"The TFGONU shall undertake critical reforms affecting all government institutions during the transitional period at the national and state levels," partly reads the resolutions, making the counter-resolutions by the rebel group totally opposite to Juba’s oppositions.

Roman further said the conference has rejected proposed positions for a vice president and deputy vice presidents.

The rebel leadership meeting has also agreed on introducing federal system of governance based on 21 states.

The conference discussed and debated on peace process, Arusha Intra-SPLM dialogue, SPLM basic documents and reports from the various committees.
The conference endorsed the continuation of peace talks and Arusha intra-party dialogue.

It called on IGAD mediators to be impartial in the peace process and warned Juba not to continue to violate the cessation of hostilities agreement between the two warring parties.

The first biggest conference to be held by the opposition faction attracted over one thousand delegates comprising SPLM leadership council, top military officials, traditional leaders, representatives from the Diaspora, as well as civil society organizations and faith-based groups.

IGAD secretariat and foreign observers were also in attendance.

The assembly which initially was supposed to kick off on Friday last week was delayed till Monday after Juba allegedly warned to shoot down rebel allied planes flying in its air space.

However delegates were able to arrive to the venue after IGAD officials’ met and convinced authorities in Juba to allow flights.


The rebel leader, Machar, was unanimously endorsed as the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA by all the delegates in the conference.

The conference “reaffirms total and undivided loyalty to the leadership of Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and the SPLM/SPLA,” reads the first resolution in the communique released on Friday.

Machar has led the rebel movement for the last 12 months and has since been fighting the government led by president Salva Kiir Mayardit.

He is expected to structure the military leadership during the Pagak conference, with rebel sources telling Sudan Tribune that the rebel leader and his top army generals would remain behind in Pagak for few days in order to streamline the military leadership.


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  • 13 December 2014 06:51, by lino

    Wow! South Sudan never seen or heard this kind of seriousness before.
    I am still suggesting a Confederation of South Sudan States!!!

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    • 13 December 2014 07:38, by Mi diit

      What will Nyankiir Museveni do now? She will cry bitterly because the freedom fighters have finally decided collectively that he should be either symbolic president or to hell with him...Ahahahahha....SAF is coming for JEM, SPLA-N and UPDF inside South Sudan. Fuck it up!

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      • 13 December 2014 07:39, by Mi diit


        I want to inform friends and enemies alike that I will stop commenting on Sudan Tribune from 15 December in commemoration of the Juba massacre until Salvatore Kiir Mayardit is NO longer the president of South Sudan. Don’t be surprised when you don’t read me from 15 December!

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        • 13 December 2014 07:47, by LL Reuben

          Mi diit:

          Your belligerent fools will be crashed this summer put that in your thick head. Nobody cares what you accepted or didn’t, your group have made the matter easier for the rest of peace loving South Sudanese as now that you will be eradicated completely with your primitives ideologists mastered by that drug-addict called traitor Riek Machar.

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          • 13 December 2014 08:12, by Mi diit

            LL Reuben,

            Do you think your empty threats are new? No, my friend. Your defacto president Museveni once said in four days he would crash the freedom fighters. Malong Awan also said in 30 days he would crash them, but now is 12 months and your leaders are collapsing. This summer will be ugly for you people. That will be your damn end as SAF will take care of your husbands JEM, SPLA-N and UPDF...

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        • 13 December 2014 08:21, by Mel mosa

          you may die be careful

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          • 13 December 2014 09:21, by Mi diit

            mel mosa,

            You son of a coward murderer. Be careful with your evil words or they will soon turn against you and you will die sooner than later and I will live for the next 100 years.

            Oh, so you know I am going to quit commenting on 15 December and you will claim that I am dead. I know you are born to lie in this word. Worthless specie.

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        • 13 December 2014 19:46, by Nyesi Ta

          Mi Diit,

          I support your proposal of not going to participate on commentary responses, and I am therefore, appealing to all members of the opposition on the sudantribune commentary list to do the same by going silent in memory of our people who got massacred by kiir’s dogs. Let these killer dogs be the ones to comment from 12/15 to 12/19, to make themselves known to the rest of the world.

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      • 13 December 2014 08:09, by michael coma

        Mi diit

        No way that vice president should be remove just because of your idiotic wishes.Riek Machar will remain in bush like a stray dog.To give nuer priminister just becoz of their criminal activities in South since 1950s.

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        • 13 December 2014 08:17, by Mi diit

          Michael coma,

          That position of vice president occupied by Wani Igga is very useless position. It is an insult to Equatorians led by a YES-MAN who fears to say NO to Nyankiir Museveni. Dinkas like Wani Igga in that position for being a simply disgraceful stooge, where Equatorians are being humiliated in his presence. Shame on you...

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      • 13 December 2014 09:16, by Ayom Ayom

        War does not determine who is right, only who is left, therefore after we exhausted all other alternatives, it will be a lesson learn

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      • 13 December 2014 11:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Riek Machar, and his commanders are dreaming of Executives powers. and laughing of Khartoum attack against SPLA and SPLM in government but during struggle SPLM/A was comprisingly with Dinkas and they were stroke with Arabs government led by Bashir till Arabs were defeated by Dinkas.

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      • 14 December 2014 02:16, by Hardlinner

        Mi diit, first and foremost there is no opposition. All we have are bunches of nuer rebels trying to oppose their savage nuer mentality on the majority. Just go on with your nuer rebellion and call for non executive president. All I know is nuer will finish before the realise their fictitious dream.

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    • 14 December 2014 14:53, by Johndumo14

      Stupid Dr Riek Machar has accept non-executive MP,what about the people he killed ,WHO will pay?All these wars about position !!

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  • 13 December 2014 07:42, by Eastern

    So let’s hear what Museveni has to say because he decides for Kiir these days.

    Kiir has lost legitimacy and therefore he must remain the ceremonial leader that he is.

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  • 13 December 2014 08:18, by Mel mosa

    Riek never mourn when seeing nuer people dying but laughing instead. He mourn when see nuer in peaceful. His evil apply to all South Sudanese.

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  • 13 December 2014 08:37, by Kenyang

    Animal conference, who care what losers wish...

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  • 13 December 2014 09:07, by Kur William

    Muburuk(congratulation)Dr Riek by accepting non-executive prime minister post,folks let us prepares to welcome our disgruntle brothers Nuers back to Juba.President Kiir has made it crystal clear that there will no implementation of federalism during transitional period and it could not be impose on South Sudanese people at this time so federalism will be evaluated in future for consideration!!.

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    • 13 December 2014 09:21, by Eastern

      Continue day dreaming.......The war will soon catch up with you. No fuel in Juba soon to be followed by no food. You animals continue murdering Ugandans in Bor forgetting that they the reason you continue to survive. So Uganda will turn it’s back on you then the truth will down on you!

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      • 13 December 2014 09:27, by Mi diit

        Ahahahaaa....Tell them because they don’t understand the implications of their actions. They reason with their asses...

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      • 13 December 2014 11:34, by Chol A.

        Midiit, Eastern and other nyariek Badhir supporters defeat cannot always accept weakness your dream of take over Kiir leadership as ruin to ashes. Please accepting government offer is only solution otherwise hoping for Bashir help it madness have you heard that Kadugili is on fire. Nyariek Machar will soon come to juba and who ever not coming with her will be in Ethiopia or Sudan as slave.

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      • 14 December 2014 02:32, by Hardlinner

        Eastern, unless you were born after 1991, otherwise your stupid lies don’t have any background. Garang fucked riek and her husband together during the war of struggle. So what make you think that the same people we fucked last time along side their slave master will ever have any chance of defeating us. If kiir can’t do it, we still do have 10 thousands Garang like ready to fucked nuer rebels.

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        • 14 December 2014 07:33, by Eastern

          Hardliner aka Softliner, the writing is on the wall, which war are you talking of having won. The moment South Sudan gets into real war, where will you folks from Kiir’s backyard get supplies from.

          Stay warned!

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  • 13 December 2014 12:46, by Fact Nonsense

    Non-Executive President? Come on idiots! Where on earth can a bunch of fools who controlled not even a 1/3 of the nation asked for such powers. This shows how greedy this group is. The fools thought it’s easy to walkover South Sudanese so easily. Fuck you all.

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    • 13 December 2014 13:06, by Fact Nonsense

      Whatever Sudantribune report from rebels is always the opposite or exaggerated information. The bad news is, "There are multiple factions that never attended the conference because they’ve learned, Riek used them for his political gains or popularity." However, much remain to be known if this group would continue with war or join the gov’t for sake of peace.

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      • 13 December 2014 13:32, by Mi diit

        Fact nonsense,

        You are really talking nonsense. Tell us the name of these groups who oppose Riek among the freedom fighters if they really exist. Last time your likes said there was going to be fighting in Pagak during the conference. Aren’t you tired of telling lies always and fabricating nonsense?

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        • 13 December 2014 17:28, by jijury

          The message is crystal clear it’s up to Nyankiir Museveni to accept or reject.

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  • 13 December 2014 17:50, by lino

    Why Wani become the President and Kiir resigned?

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  • 13 December 2014 19:15, by Kim Deng

    When the Nuer say the sky is BLUE, Dinka would say it is RED. let’s burn down this Jungle to ashes. Neither condemnation nor blaming will change the course the rising-empire took. Which means, the rising-Kingdom must not be deterred by words; rather, it must be engaged with strategies follow by actions.

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  • 13 December 2014 19:56, by Kim Deng

    They (Jaang/Slaves) have rejected self-determination for the people of South Suduan in 1983, but forced to accept it in 1991. Again, they are refusing to accept Fed, but at the end they will enjoy it as they are now enjoying the benefits of self-determination.

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