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South Sudan delays formation of transitional government


February 19, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has announced that it will delay formation of a transitional government of national unity (TGoNU) which president Salva Kiir had earlier said would be formed by Friday this week.

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South Sudanese information minister Michael Makuei Lueth attends a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 5 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Elias Asmara)

South Sudanese information and broadcasting minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, announced on Friday the change of the decision after attending regular cabinet meeting chaired by president Kiir.

Lueth, who is the official spokesman of the government, told reporters on Friday that the cabinet meeting resolved to delay the formation of the transitional unity government until after forces of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) are deployed in Juba to allow the return of their leader, Riek Machar.

“The cabinet today has resolved to postpone the formation of transitional government of national unity. This is to allow the arrival of the SPLM-IO forces before the return of the first vice president, Riek Machar,” Lueth told reporters on Friday.

The decision of the cabinet meeting chaired by president Kiir, according to the minister, was taken in the interest of peace and in compliance with the desire of the peace partners and the citizens.

Earlier, opposition factions and the Joint Monitoring and Evaluations Commission (JMEC) urged President Kiir not to form the new government without participation of all the parties to the peace agreement they signed in August last year.

The other parties and JMEC however called on the relevant authorities to “expeditiously” implement the security arrangements including demilitarization of Juba and transportation of the opposition forces to the capital.

The cabinet, according to the government’s spokesperson, also passed a resolution condemning the Wednesday and Thursday attacks on protection of civilians camp housing internally displaced persons under the management of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Malakal town.

“The cabinet condemns in the strongest terms possible and demands explanation from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan what happened. This is because until now we do not have clear information as to what happened,” he said.

He added that the cabinet would want to know whether the UNMISS was operating in conformity to responsibility to protect civilians in camps under its control.

Deadly violence involving Dinka, Shilluk and Nuer ethnic groups erupted on Wednesday and continued on Thursday inside the camp, with elements of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) accused of taking the side of the Dinka ethnic group against the members of Shilluk and Nuer communities.


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  • 19 February 2016 21:38, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    It is surprising that the government of South Sudan does not know what caused the animosity in Malakal. With a big number of military intelligence officers coupled with national security services agents one would definitely assume what happened is their product. GOSS should question the Governor about it and not unmiss. Dinka out of the camp, shilluk and nuer murdered, this is how GOSS works!!

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    • 20 February 2016 01:52, by Force 1

      It still doesn’t make any different since the ministers for the new transitional government have already been appointed.

      This like picking a location to move to today and at the same time saying I am going to move to that location 1 or 2 months from now.

      Moving to that location today or 2 months from wouldn’t make any different since it’s going to be the exact same place!

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    • 20 February 2016 05:40, by Nyesi Ta

      Kiir Al Awiir is a murderer. He has resorted to arm the Jenge youth to kill Shilluk and nuer youth in Malakal and other places in the country. The same will happen to other tribes in South Sudan. Kiir Al Awiir has proven to the world that he can kill at will any where, even in UN compounds. Now it is upto the IC to understand who they are dealing with otherwise another Rwanda is in the making.

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  • 19 February 2016 22:49, by marie

    Salva Kiir was testing the water to see if he could lure the SPLA-IO delegation in Juba to accept the formation of the TGONU without Riak hence dismantle the peace agreement from inside; the same Jallab tactics. This is really Jallaba government in Junubi skins. From witnessing what is happening in the country,we are the brim of being flushed into the drain by our own making.millions lost a waste.

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  • 19 February 2016 22:55, by Deng Akon Mayen

    What will you gain in bloodshed? Though how much you comments on sudantribune,will not quenched your thirsty.let us build the nation,not to destroy it.pan cak rac,wëk acïe guöp riak.

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    • 20 February 2016 04:19, by Malakal county Simon

      Foolish president Kiir think he can order Dr Machar to come Juba within 7 days, while he (Dr Machar) not in Kiir umbrella??? It’s funny indeed....... Anyway, I,m glad that Dr Machar has defied his order because he is nothing but a tribal chief...... KIIR LEGACY MUST BE REMEMBERED AS A MURDERER, DICTATOR, VISIONLESS, DIVISIVE AND MOST ALL, ENEMY OF SOUTH SUDANESE PEOPLE’S......

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  • 20 February 2016 05:25, by Eastern

    ...Kiir missed the skin of his teeth; if he had gone ahead with the formation of TGoNU, he would have been a gone case!

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    • 20 February 2016 09:01, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      good that everyone know Kirr can’t be forcefully removed by militias.

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      • 20 February 2016 12:16, by Eastern

        .....the so-called militias nearly sent Kiir’s government tumbling. He was forced by JMEC to stop his madness of trying to form a government in abeyance. SPLM-io heavy weights are not yet in Juba. Kiir was forced to wait for their arrival before "they" form the government not Kiir alone.

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        • 20 February 2016 17:37, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Then what happened? why the white armies flocked in droves to refugees camps! what stopped their gleeful matches to the capital?

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      • 20 February 2016 17:02, by Nyesi Ta

        It was Uganda who saved Kiir Al Awiir’s ass, otherwise what you referred to as militia would have flashed him out of the country leave alone his village which would be a military base for real South Sudan Army today.

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