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SPLM convenes special meeting after former secretary general’s return

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June 23, 2015 (JUBA) - The leadership of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) convened on Tuesday a special meeting at the National Liberation Council (NLC) level to discuss the re-instatement of its former secretary general, Pagan Amum, who returned to the young nation after spending more than a year in neigbouring Kenya .

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Former SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum attends his court trial in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on 11 March 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Andreea Campanu)

Amum’s return followed a series of talks between the party’s top leaders and the former political detainees, with the involvement of high profile African officials from Tanzania and South Africa. Former cabinet affairs minister, Deng Alor Kuol led the team to Juba.

The former secretary general was accompanied by the Kenyan defence minister, after which he held meetings with senior SPLM members, including president Salva Kiir.

Sudan Tribune was unable to immediately establish what the leaders had discussed at the meeting, although sources privy to what transpired intimated that the leaders were keen to discuss the re-instatement of Amum to his former position secretary general.

Other sources said the party endosed the decision to revoke the dismissal of some o its senior members, including former vice president, Riek Machar and have them reinstated.

Akol Paul Kordit, spokesperson of the members of the SPLM allied to president Kiir in Arusha reunification process, said the NLC will convene a special submit to discuss the necessity to cancel previous decisions taken at height of conflict in 2013 and make correction in accordance with the Arusha reunification agreement.

He said Machar will be reinstated to his previous position as the first deputy chairperson in the party and Taban Deng Gai returning to his membership at the political bureau and Alfred Lado Gore as member of the NLC. Other members will return to their ranks in the party.

“This meeting of the National Liberation Council is going to discuss important issues. It will discuss the issue of reorganization of the SPLM. It is going to address critical organizational issues pertaining to the implementation of Arusha agreement,” Kordit told reporters on Tuesday at SPLM house.

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  • 23 June 2015 12:06, by Eastern

    My sister Dr. Ann Itto may be preparing to pave way for Pagan to resume his seat. The fight for seat within this monstrous party has claimed thousands of lives in South Sudan. Cry the beloved country!

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    • 23 June 2015 13:48, by Lango2010

      it is the right time for you to joint your colleagues and rebuild the already torn nation back to its shape South Sudan need collective ideas not individualism. all comrades of the former detainees are welcome home.

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  • 23 June 2015 13:52, by Konan

    For few U$ and party seat Pagan Amum may betray and kill his own parents. Obviously Garang’s orphans lack values and ethics. Lol

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  • 23 June 2015 16:05, by lino

    It is time for leadership change. All political parties and organization around the world are changing in structure and visions; it is time for SPLM to change to the better people organization, better leaders, and better country. Peace be with all!!!

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    • 23 June 2015 16:46, by J P Puok

      now that are united they will looted the country again and when they divided they killed the people to hell with SPLM

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