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US rejects extension of Kiir’s term of office, as world leaders react

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July 10, 2015 (NEW YORK) – United States (US) government has rejected the move taken by president Salva Kiir’s government to “unilaterally” renew its regime’s mandate for three more years, saying only through a peace agreement that such a mandate could be renewed pending elections.

US national security advisor Susan Rice (Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP)

US has been leading calls for sanctions to be imposed on the warring parties in the 19-month long civil war, labelling the war-ravaged nation as posing a security threat to the region.

In a statement issued from Washington on Thursday on the independence day commemoration in South Sudan, which also coincided with president Kiir’s first day in office for an extended three years term of office by parliament, president Barack Obama’s national security advisor, Susan E Rice, said the extension was a wrong thing to do as the government “squandered its legitimacy.”

“Over the past 19 months, the government has abdicated its responsibilities, failed to protect its citizens, and squandered its legitimacy. Instead of negotiating a resolution to the conflict, it has subverted democracy and unilaterally extended its mandate,” Rice charged in the statement issued on Thursday.

“The South Sudanese parties must establish immediately a transitional government that can serve with legitimacy and represent the needs of the people of South Sudan,” she said.

The US top security advisor said as the violence dragged on, the conflict not only scared the lives of innocent South Sudanese, “it threatens to destabilize the wider region.”

South Sudan has been in turmoil since fighting broke out between forces loyal to Kiir and the armed opposition, despite the peace talks mediated by East African regional leaders.

The conflict, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said, has displaced more than 1.5 million South Sudanese internally and forced over 700,000 into neighboring countries.

KIIR AND MACHAR BOTH ACCOUNTABLE

Rice accused both warring parties of continuing the war despite its efforts with regional partners to end the conflict through a negotiated political settlement.

“Massive and widespread violence has returned. Human rights abuses are rampant. The Government and rebels are committing appalling crimes against innocent women, children, and the elderly,” she said.

"President Kiir and Riek Machar and their cronies are personally responsible for this new war and self-inflicted disaster. And only leaders on both sides can end this violence," she stressed.

Rice who was part of a small group of activists that lobbied the American administration to support the independence of the South Sudan vowed that the US will not abandon the people of South Sudan.

"We will continue to stand with all those who dream of a better tomorrow. The United States will continue to work hard to help you to achieve lasting peace and justice."

She pointed that the US administration will work with the international community, will punish those determined to drive South Sudan into ’the abyss’.

Meanwhile, United Kingdom (UK) said it was unfortunate that South Sudan focused on extending leaders tenure in office while 2.2 million people were displaced by fighting and 4.6 million others were at risk of life-threatening hunger.

Speaking on the 4th anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, UK’s minister for Africa, James Duddridge, who fell short of describing the extended government in Juba as illegitimate, however said the only purpose for the extended tenure of the government would be to sign peace immediately.

He accused leaders of South Sudan of looting the wealth of the nation at the expense of the dying and suffering citizens in the country.

“It is appalling that the country’s leaders have continually failed to meet the hopes and aspirations of their people while squandering the country’s oil wealth on a senseless war,” said the UK minister for Africa in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

“The South Sudanese parliament’s decision to temporarily extend the government takes effect today. This must be used for one purpose: to secure a peace deal immediately and form a transitional government of national unity,” he said.

He said with other Troika partners (the US and Norway) and European Union (EU) partners the UK stood steadfast in its support to the people of South Sudan for the long term and urged all sides to the conflict to finally put the people first and demonstrate the leadership necessary to forge a lasting peace.

EU in a Thursday’s separate joint statement on South Sudan by the high representative/vice-president, Federica Mogherini, commissioner for international cooperation and development, Neven Mimica, and commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, Christos Stylianides, said hopes had been shattered in the region after four years of independence.

"Four years ago, leaders from around the world gathered in Juba to celebrate the birth of an independent South Sudan. The peoples’ hopes then were for a new, bright future. These hopes have been shattered; twenty months of bloody civil conflict since December 2013 has brought terrible suffering and an ever increasing level of brutality targeted at civilians and children,” the statement partly reads.

It said the perpetrators of such human rights abuses must not be allowed to act with impunity and urged the African Union (AU) to publish the report on such atrocities.

“It is essential they are held to account, and the African Union (AU) Commission of Inquiry report into the original causes of the current conflict should be published,” EU statement says.

It called on the warring parties to engage in “genuine peace negotiations” as the only way forward, saying this needed to be revitalised “swiftly.”

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  • 10 July 2015 08:07, by Lorolokin

    If the extension was not done, who will be the one in charge of the nation as long as the war is still going on?
    we South Sudanese and the world at large would have rejected the extension if there was peace and stability but there is nothing.
    I think we should be realistic and clear to this regard.

    Kinkak

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    • 10 July 2015 08:23, by Mi diit

      Lorokolin,

      Stop such senseless excuses. Two things should have happened before July 9: 1/ Either the government should have been serious on peace and sign it and form transitional government, or 2/ Kiir should have resigned and Wani Igga taken over temporarily.

      It is good US has started this journey of calling Kiir illegitimate president. Real action now in the making.

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      • 10 July 2015 08:26, by Mi diit

        See what will happen if Kiir will not sign peace in the next 30 days and dissolve his government and reconstitute it by someone forming a government of national unity in accordance with a peace agreement. Terrible things will happen.

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        • 10 July 2015 08:55, by Redeemer

          Midiit
          There is no amount of threat that will make away for your tribal interest. With no doubt Riek is a tribalist. read his profile don’t be misled just because of being your tribe mat.

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          • 10 July 2015 09:22, by Redeemer

            Look at how the greedy interest of the west makes them innocence in the face of world. It is not and will never be the Americans who determine the extension of president’s term but the Parliament of that country

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            • 10 July 2015 10:33, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

              Mr Redeemer,

              A parliament of political appointees is pseudo representatives of the people. Do not misinform the world community that South Sudan is democratically led. Right now the rule of the gun is the leader and parliament is a show face of political deceit. A people constitutional conference is needed to ameliorate all this lunacy. Cows should never be allowed to rule our peaceful people.

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            • 10 July 2015 18:26, by Joseph Canada

              This is not the greed of the west my friend. It is the result of the suffering of the South Sudanese citizen and the dying of the Patriotic South Sudanese citizens in the name of keeping a tribe in power.
              For those who work for Kiirs government, the see the Western involvements as the greed. To those who are the victim, the see this as help. But for the Diaspora people, they see this as reality.

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          • 10 July 2015 11:14, by Zeki

            Mii dit

            US will be the one killing S.Sudanese should her/he interfering with S.Sudanese affairs.
            1. There will be a serious resistant even if US remove kiir by force
            2. Riek will never step his foot into S.Sudan soil if US interfere and keep on threatening S.Sudan government.
            3. Peace will collapse in Adis and this is exactly what Riek wanted.

            for you pple to be sincere can you correct me?

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        • 10 July 2015 13:41, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

          @Mi diit
          you are really crazy and absent minded like Your tribalist & Nyigate Riek Machar who rebeled 4 no reason . No amount of threat even if you preach till next year no way. We will fight u untill the last men and the last woman dogs.

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      • 10 July 2015 08:58, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        America is trying to add fuel to the burning bush, I don’t think any of those hopeless lobbyists will ever rule this country without a blessing from the lion king. Dinka rebellion in the South will be a nightmare to the world and to those who believe America will bring them to power.

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        • 10 July 2015 10:11, by Shadrack Chol Buoi

          President Kiir is the President for South Sudan. He isn’t U.S. ’s president. And by the way, who is US? American are trying to fuel the conflicts in South Sudan becoz this is an African crisis not American problem. Just deal with Russia, Iran and NK.

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        • 10 July 2015 11:40, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

          Wonderful!!! We applauded the US, UK, EU and Norway for their bold decision to reject illegal extension of present Kiir’s term for another three years, so the Africa Union, IGAD, China, Russia and other countries should do the same if they meant peace to return to South Sudan.

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    • 10 July 2015 11:15, by Clausewitz
  • 10 July 2015 10:13, by Rami Tot

    suzan rice is a masterminded the killing of nuer innocents in juba in collaborating with M7 to help kiir killing nuer in juba. why didn,t she condemn the existence of uganda forces in the country as auxiliary kiir, she is trying to be fair with such comment we know you, you participated in killing of innocents, your heart is not clean only God knows your crimes

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    • 10 July 2015 10:18, by Rami Tot

      Suzan Rice is the opposer to sanction to s Sudan arms embargo trying to covered up her small business in juba in expense of innocents bloods shame on her

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      • 10 July 2015 11:16, by Akook

        Real shame on this lady indeed!

        She is personally responsible for protection of this brutal Kiir’s genocidal regime in Juba. She is the strong voice in Obama administration who had been supporting Juba regime in every way. protecting it from real sanctions and arms embargo even when Secretary Kerry and Amb. Samanha Power knew the facts and wanted to bring into senses the massacring regime.

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        • 10 July 2015 11:21, by Akook

          Knowing really well that her time is up, and problem of South Sudan will handle amicably by the next American administration, then she deceitfully tried to shed crocodile tears by setting dubious records straight by releasing this statement. Too late Mrs Rice, who doesn’t know your utmost real support to this massacring Salva Kiir’s regime in South Sudan.

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          • 10 July 2015 11:22, by Akook

            You are just personal friend of Salva Kiir, not South Sudanese this time around!

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            • 10 July 2015 11:28, by Akook

              Salva Kiir regime is not liked by many Dinkas as few beneficiaries with Dinka tribe tried to sell it!

              Majority of Dinkas are suffering and wanted the regime go for the betterment of the country.
              But Kiir and his few supporters are always out to make appear as if Dinkas will rebel and fight for Salva Kiir when he is removed! A damn nonsense no Dinka can an inch to fight back if Salva gone

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              • 10 July 2015 12:07, by Panda Odhie

                where there is opposition, nothing goes good at the way it is done, who denying what the parliament did is the evil of South Sudan. whether ,RIek ,US,EU, the right procedures is what is currently in place, to negotiated peace with rebels as government nothing else. Kiir is a president in place ,who is disagreeing is up to him/her, we are in our country, they are in their countries.Riek in the bus

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              • 10 July 2015 13:51, by Mapuor

                Akook
                You are day dreaming.President Kiir is supported by all South Sudanese leave alone DinKas .Why did your mentor killed Dinkas in Bor town and Bsaliet.You must be a green bootlicker.President Kiir will rule for life Willy nilly.

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                • 10 July 2015 15:58, by Clausewitz

                  Mapuor:

                  You’re the delusional one. Salva Kiir is not a ’President’, he’s just a criminal. A mindless, corrupt, incompetent criminal. Tens of thousands of civilians have died because of Salva Kiir and you delude yourself into thinking that he should be ’President’ for life. No man should be ’President’ for life! You support the man to such an extreme extent that I think you must be related to him

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                  • 10 July 2015 16:08, by Clausewitz

                    What makes you think that the people will willingly opt to subject themselves to an indefinite period of nepotism, marginalisation, corruption and insecurity!? Billions of dollars have poured into our coffers since 2005, and we’ve got little to nothing to show for it. Most -if not all- of the development projects were commissioned for, payed for and completed by other countries or NGOs.

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                    • 10 July 2015 16:13, by Clausewitz

                      Salva Kiir started an unnecessary and terribly costly war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, wrecked our already fragile one pillar economy and raked up $10 billion in debt that will saddle millions of people with more unnecessary pain and difficulty. How are we going to pay back this debt? With the interest that accompanies these debts, it will soon balloon to 20, 30 billion dollars..

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                      • 10 July 2015 16:17, by Clausewitz

                        ..And you think that Salva Kiir should be ’President’ for life? That’s bonkers. Are you suggesting that millions of people died essentially so that we could be *ruled* by a myopic and incompetent king? Every misery that we’ve endured was for this? Every young man martyred. Every mother deprived of her child, left broken and bereaved. Wives widowed and left vulnerable. Children orphaned.

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                        • 10 July 2015 16:19, by Clausewitz

                          ..Entire families wiped out, entire villages cleared… Scores of young men, women and children rendered amputees… Women subjected to the soul crushing indignity of rape. Everyone must now be asking just what the hell the war was for. The entire country is now mirred in a living death.

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  • 10 July 2015 12:46, by Marco A. Wek

    Give us a break Miss Rice, South Sudan is in this mess because US and some EU countries are blessing Riek Machar rebellion. Please leave Africa alone. Solve the problem facing black people in your backyard.

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  • 10 July 2015 13:00, by Mr. Right

    Let’s be pragmatic with our views, compatriots. Susan Rice is a smart woman though people have weaknesses at times.
    She was very vocal about our freedom and autonomy of South Sudan and attended the independence celebration in Juba by then; we must admire & complement her deeply for that support.
    We are in a political & economic mess right now and we need all kind of productive support..Cont

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    • 10 July 2015 13:06, by Mr. Right

      be it internal or external.
      The world supports us and they like us to have a better future; a future for you & your family. The whole world is desperate for peace. Millions are dying or endangered due to man-made crises and there should be literally a man-made definite solution.
      Riek had nothing to lose; a power-hungry politician and that is why he killed innocent Nuers/Naaths. Cont..

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  • 10 July 2015 13:09, by Mr. Right

    He killed Nuers; not Dinka. You’ll not understand this unless you are very wise.
    Kiir too isn’t smart either, I was very glad he pointed out yesterday how he has messed up with his most precious legacy- fighting for independence.
    These two tyrants are driving the country nowhere. I wish I was your leader at the moment, but I am very young and vulnerable in this present political turmoil: Cont..

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  • 10 July 2015 13:10, by Mr. Right

    I will surely deliver someday to realize our golden dreams as a nation.
    The UK government through its African Minister was very assertive and the US too should adopt the same way.
    Of course, the UK knows all these farcical developments but Kiir is the right guy because he is the government and the government should be the tool for attaining peace as far as South Sudan world-wide diplomacy...cont

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  • 10 July 2015 13:11, by Mr. Right

    …is on the line.
    Extending Kiir’s tenancy is a resultant of the presence/current circumstances and we should work hard to see peace prevails. With all that in the frame, peace shall come when we engaged these two lunatics: stabbing them harder in the heart about the future of the country.

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  • 10 July 2015 13:32, by Mapuor

    Rubbish.president Kiir will rule for life.Who will negotiate with rebels if there is no government in Juba .

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  • 10 July 2015 15:36, by Thondet Manyang

    Does USA wants UN(USA) trusteeship administation as the pilot project for govenance in South Sudan? They(UNMISS)are sexually abusing our children day and night in their military camps without accountability. What if they rule this country? Hope they will also fuck men. For those(Rebels) who are celebrating this be ready guys to be married by them as gays which is now legalized in the USA.Hopless!!

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  • 10 July 2015 16:16, by lino

    We have said this 5 months ago! South Sudan must be ruled by all Political Parties of South Sudan after July 9, 2015.
    Re-intating the same SPLM led Government will make things worst for you Juba; come back to your sense.
    Khartoum was able to stand these kind of winds, but we will look and watch to see on what ground Juba Regime will be standing???

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