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South Sudan leader should resign, says former Ethiopian PM


Ethiopian PM (R) speaks at the Ibrahim Forum in Kigali on 28 April 2018 (MO Ibrahim Foundation Twitter page Photo)
April 29, 2018 (KAMPALA) -The Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailermarian Desalegn said President Salva Kiir should resign and cede his place for the young generation to achieve peace and to end the suffering of South Sudanese people.

Desalegn unexpectedly resigned on 15 February 2018, saying he hoped to end years of unrest and political turmoil in his country, after ruling the country for six years.

The former premier who also was the chair of the East African bloc IGAD that mediating the peace process made his remarks at The Ibrahim Governance Weekend organised by MO Ibrahim Foundation held in Kigali Rwanda on Saturday.

Speaking about the need for peace in South Sudan he regretted the non-implementation of the IGAD-brokered peace agreement by the South Sudanese leaders.

"Immediately after my resignation, I asked them ’Please would you resign because you failed to resolve the problem in South Sudan?" He said, according to a video of his remarks obtained by Sudan Tribune.

Then he was asked if he had said that to President Salva Kiir he answered: "Yes, I talked to all".

"Leaders have to come to their senses to their mind and they should somehow leave so they give power to new young leadership that can continue to the next step," he added.

The former Ethiopian leader, however, said everybody has to help to end the war in South Sudan including the African Union an United Nations

"The UN should take aggressive action," he emphasised.

The statements reflect the mindset of IGAD leaders about the South Sudanese conflict.

Ethiopia is very impacted by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan as the region Gambella, which border the troubled country is inhabited by a Nuer clan and fears that rebels who are from the same ethnic group bring their instability.

Speaking about Ethiopia, the former prime minister said he resigned because his country has a problem of addressing multi-ethnic society, and there is a need for deep reform. " So I said, I have to set aside myself in order to achieve these deep reforms".

“The main problem in African politics is people stick to power. And I wanted to show that it is possible that you can leave while having power as a citizen in my country," he stressed.


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  • 29 April 2018 22:38, by Trouble

    Dinkas will regret very soon they dont want to take caution from those experience retired leaders to give up power to mighty people of S Sudan the clock is ticking all the countries in the world now know Dinkas r the problem in S Sudan & must be dealt with

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    • 30 April 2018 00:03, by Kenyang ll

      You really is a trouble! You are talking something else while the article talks about foreign leader advising President Kiir to sign for good of his country since he can’t fix the problem.

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      • 30 April 2018 06:24, by Mike Mike

        People like trouble are the hardliners that does not want peace and stability to prevails in this Country,because of their reckless talking and hatred in their hearts against Dinka.Trouble,Do you really think if your unexpected rotten government come up like today u can do what to the Dinka in general? U need not to be against one tribe otherwise you will end up without achieving your aiming goal

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        • 3 May 2018 09:54, by young activist

          Dear Mike mike,

          you are going right direction. those who provoke this situation enough young youth being advice to rules as soon.

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    • 30 April 2018 07:11, by Eastern


      The very stupid argument Dinka people advance all the time they are brave fools who could distroy a country while others are cowards who want stability.

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    • 30 April 2018 07:36, by deng

      Dear Trouble
      We don’t need more trouble, the problem is leadership of Salva Kiir and Dr. Riak Machar and not Dinka and Nuer, do you think all Dinka are supporting Kiir,no what are preaching on net will create problem between tribes,

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      • 30 April 2018 10:25, by Theallseeingeye

        in contrary the problem is not Kiir or Riak the problem is Dinka and none-DInka, Raik has been eliminated and the problem persist, & in fact, we have never witness nether Kiir nor Riak firing a single bullets, & no any Dinka group came out publicly to condemn the bad governing system in the country, not even the 2013 door to door massacre of innocent nuer in Juba.

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        • 30 April 2018 11:26, by deng

          Kiir and Riak have no clear policy of ruling the country ,they used poor Dinka and Nuer to fight for their position

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          • 30 April 2018 12:14, by Eastern

            deng Dinka,

            Don’t blame Kiir’s ineptness on anybody! Kiir is a big time failure; Dr. Machar has been removed from South Sudan for nearly two years and replaced by el Tabani Deng, see what happen......Kiir worked with Machar and the result was a failure; now Kiir is working with Machar’s replacement and the result is a disaster. Why do you still want maintain Kiir where he is?

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    • 3 May 2018 09:36, by young activist

      Dear Trouble,

      PM of Ethiopia talking of Handing powers to a new generation and people should not stick in power in Africa and you are talking of tribe, you are really trouble, you have the correct name that can not be define again.
      if we continuing talking of tribes,then this country will not rest. nothing greater then the words of the wise then saying Dinka president.

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  • 29 April 2018 23:00, by Games

    You need to reason like a man.. Ethiopia PM is telling it as like it is and he is going to be free man when Shits gets out of control in S. Sudan in the near future.

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  • 30 April 2018 05:22, by Nairobimitot

    The government Of south Sudan must defeat rebels all. If the rebels are not defeated, this will bring many problems in the future.So make sure rebels are cleared and the country is peaceful.

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    • 30 April 2018 06:19, by Lenin Bull

      Nairobimitot, your 100% right. If the rebels are not wiped out militarily this piece of nonsense will never end. The foreigners are even using rebels to penetrate and loot South Sudan because of war and the war will never end through these fake jammed peace talks.

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    • 30 April 2018 10:13, by jubaone

      Jienge bullshit. If you losers cant effect any meaningful development in your junk jienge states that have NO, again NO war, defeating "rebels" and controlling towns in just stupid. Jienge losers are hopelessly justifying their incapacitation behind..."we have to defeat the rebels". Jiengeland is perhaps worse off than those areas under war.

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      • 1 May 2018 05:06, by Nairobimitot

        June one,
        First of all, I am not Jieng. I am pure Nuer who has been in the SPLA since I was a baby boy. I love SPLA and SPLM my party to death. There is nothing you can do about it.

        Second, I only think about how South Sudan can survive and live in Peace. You cannot do that through rebels strategy and vision. The rebels analysis is based on tribalism which the Dinka do not Want. If you want to be a good leader and a leader that will be loved by his people of South Sudan, do not divide the people because if you do, you will split the country. Then you will fail to complete your mission.

        President Kiir will not resign, so do you rebels have any strategy that can save our country rather than tribalism talk. Do you have a sense of unity or you don’t?

        What are you fighting for? It is unclear to me why you are terrorizing the country. Can you explain?

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        • 1 May 2018 06:15, by Ojok James

          My bro don’t hide your identity your comments exposed you clearly you are Dinka beyond reasonable dough. No body hate Dinka because they are our community and we love them but what all the others tribes are in good term with them just because of their ruling style, tribalism, domination of all government institutions, tribal appointment, aggressive behavior and terrorising the city

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  • 30 April 2018 06:10, by Lenin Bull

    No president or leader has done that in modern history. There are wars in Uganda, Somalia, Djibuti, Kenya, Sudan, Congo, Rwanda, Angola, Chad, Central Africa, Congo Brazzavile, Cameroon, Mali, Niger, Egypt, etc. No president is asked to resign as a solution.

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    • 30 April 2018 10:36, by Theallseeingeye

      I was not surprise when I was your list is made up of African countries, and the only American country you mentioned was in the medieval era (something couple century ago), that’s proves different between primitive and modern societies. like Kush/Koryom always says "we have been fooled by the white man". question for you, Africa is always full of dictators, is it by design or chance?

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    • 1 May 2018 06:25, by Ojok James

      ... killing innocent civilian at night robbing their properties are murdering. Is they the government we all fought for rule us. SPLA/m has failed and even if they insist on military victory they will not defeat the SPLA IO of Dr. Riek Machar until we are all come to our humanity sense. Salva Kiir must cede power as well Machar step down appoint a new person to lead the transitional government.

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  • 30 April 2018 06:16, by Lenin Bull

    President Abraham Lincoln did not resign when the Great Civil war between 13 Confederate states in the South and other 37 union states in the north erupted in America in 1861- 1864! Ethiopians are clumsy and lazy or rash thinkers and because of that they will never achieve for South Sudan even if people negotiate for eternity.Get damned revitalization out of that stupid country to Kenya.

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    • 30 April 2018 09:59, by padiit gaga

      Lentil or what ever u call yourself your is not qualify to lead the nation even small village Dr.Mawien identified his metal sickness do not compared him with other east Africa leader Nikii also understood his mine and said Kirr is triba leader do not compared him with Abraham Lincoln. He must be hang by ICC because he killed innocent civilians.

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    • 30 April 2018 23:32, by dinkdong

      Lincoln was assassinated. Is that what you want to happen to Salva Kiir?

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      • 2 May 2018 18:59, by Lenin Bull

        No Dingdong that is not what I want chap! I want total peace to come our country first. What happen after that I leave it to Nhialinydit. Abraham Lincoln was not assassinated during war time but during peace time after war was long gone idiot!

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  • 30 April 2018 06:26, by conservative

    What about Bashir mr. Prime minister he been in power about 30 years and still he the one keep giving us problem so u gonna forget about that shame on you

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  • 30 April 2018 07:38, by Kush Natives

    Hailermariam Desalegn,
    Good reasoning, but you MUST understand that, Ethiopian and South Sudanese issues isn’t like the one in Ethiopia. We’re already working on halting a lasting peace in the country. Advising our president to step down or design from power will not come from an outside country. Shut up now, you’re no longer a AU chairman!

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    • 30 April 2018 07:52, by Games

      How would you defeat army which controls prox... About 75% of the country territory in the fight? You guys are pathetic Lairs.

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      • 30 April 2018 08:51, by Khent


        Where do you people get these numbers from? The rebels lost control of their headquarters in Pagak and Nasir; the rebels only control one county in all of Greater Upper Nile. The situation in Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria is even worse for the rebels. The rebels are a spent force militarily, so stop with delusional assertions of strength.

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        • 30 April 2018 10:19, by jubaone

          If your Assertion were true, how is it that jiengeland has NOT experienced any substantial service delivery by the jienge regime in Juba? Jienges are desperately trying to defeat the opposition to fulfil their long term ego and narcism. They desperately want a success story and be able to tell others ..."see we are strong.." even if that cost them their youth and development.

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          • 30 April 2018 10:24, by jubaone

            Theory 1: Jienges have a collective inferiority complex that has pushd them to assuming the roles of the slave master cuz they have learnt that from the jellaba. The "born-to-rule" is a desperate attempt and ideology behind it. Its more of controlling than ruling.
            Theory 2: Jienges are hiding behind their intrinsic incapacitation to develop and just love to fight.

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            • 30 April 2018 10:29, by jubaone

              If jienges were intent on "ruling" why has there NEVER been any meaningful development despite the excessive greed and grand theft of state resources? Why have jienges preferred to run to Equatoria, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan instead of investing in their own lands? It is CONTROL. The nomadic instincts of control, herding of cows manifests itself on the control and herding of humans as well.

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              • 30 April 2018 13:17, by South South


                Don’t waste your time with losers. Ethiopia former prime minister is Riek’s supporter. He gave Riek at the beginning of his rebellion guns, hotel rooms in Addis Ababa. Many of Riek’s supporters are holding Ethiopia passports, only he changed when he noticed that Egypt is in, so people should not listen to him. He is playing the game of controlling South Sudan

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                • 30 April 2018 15:09, by Eastern

                  South South,

                  Who’s gained since the December 15, 2013 Intra-SPLM party conflict and now a tribal war? Either Kiir or Riek or both of them get consumed in this conflict the soonest. Nobody is a loser and nobody has gained.

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                  • 30 April 2018 15:18, by South South


                    We gained and we are gaining everyday. Every city and town in South Sudan is in out hands. We sent Reik to jail in South Africa. We are doing anything we want in our country, big win to us.

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                    • 30 April 2018 19:56, by jubaone

                      South South
                      A monkey may control a mango tree and dive from one branch to the other to eat the mangoes. However, the monkey 🐵 is not intelligent enough to make juice, mango chips or even charcoal from dried branches. Does it matter if jienges like you control the SS and yet cant do anything? Worthless creatures.

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  • 30 April 2018 07:47, by Sunday Junup

    I hope Kiirimnal Mayardit and his Jieng council of evil will hear Desalegn out! you have spoken loud and clear but Kiirimnal was asking his incentive to resign my dear have you heard that? A president carrying with his incentive instead of citizen needs

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    • 30 April 2018 12:31, by Dalta Cirea

      Trible conflict already created by Kirr since 2013 by announcing that Kill every nuer men, women elderly and all their children if Dr Riek Machar fled from juba.

      once again he (Kirr)train only your boys and clled the Mathiang Anyor who killed almost all non Dinka tribes in South Sudan.

      It is sure that you Dinka are tribalist.

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  • 30 April 2018 15:36, by aborigin

    You should have said this when you were the chairman....

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  • 30 April 2018 17:24, by lino

    The truth is out! Either listen and step down with dignity, or wait to dig your own graveyard!!!

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    • 30 April 2018 18:29, by conservative

      Reik will
      die before kirirr

      Reik will die before kirirr mark my words sir

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      • 30 April 2018 19:07, by lino

        God will!!!
        "Leaders have to come to their senses to their mind and they should somehow leave so they give power to new blood leadership that can lead the country to the next level," he said.
        Desalegn expressed concern over the non-implementation of the 2015 peace deal that was mediated by the regional bloc during his time in office.

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  • 3 May 2018 09:49, by young activist

    Ethiopia former PM Hailemariam Desalengn Benefit from the project of IGAD on south Sudan conflict and resigned, he advice KIIR to resign while he is the chairman of IGAD then IGAD is not act positively to end the war. they are suppose to call kiir to resign as body, is telling lies, and this is the most problem of Africa leaders.when they are going out they talk.

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