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South Sudan’s new cabinet does not meet 35% women’s quota: UN Guterres

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Ambassador Beatrice Khamis Wani, South Sudan Foreign Minister
March 14, 2020 (JUBA) - The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed on Friday the formation of South Sudan’s national unity cabinet and called to meet the 35% political representation for women.

The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on 12 March appointed the appointment of the 35-minister transitional government tasked with the implementation of the reforms agreed in the revitalized agreement and to prepare for elections within three years.

Guterres "commends the spirit of compromise and collaboration displayed by the parties which led to this important development," said Stephane Dujarric the UN Spokesman in a statement on Friday.

"He encourages the South Sudanese parties and their leaders to make additional efforts to meet the 35 per cent quota for the representation of women throughout the peace process," he further added.

There are eight women in the national unity cabinet, two with the important portfolios of the foreign affairs and the defence.

However, to observe the 35% women’s quota the SPLM-IG has to nominate six women at least, the SPLM-IO three women, and SSOA one women, as it was agreed in the revitalized pact.

The UN chief further called on the parties to prioritize the implementation of transitional security arrangements, step up efforts to address inter-communal violence, fight impunity and focus on the delivery of essential services.

Also, the IGAD special envoy for South Sudan released a statement welcoming the appointment of the transitional South Sudanese government members.

“We congratulate the parties to the peace agreement for the important milestone. It is encouraging step because we want to see the country move forward with (the) business of governing the country,” said Ambassador Ismail Wais.

Wais pointed out that the government has numerous tasks to achieve including the return of refugees and internally displaced people and developing the country’s economy.

The Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) is made up of the incumbent government of President Salva Kiir, the SPLM/A–IO, the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), Former Detainees (FDs), and Other Political Parties (OPP).

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  • 14 March 07:13, by Langbaar

    Those advocating for more women in the current fake government, let them first try to make this government works. And they world have more positions. After all, our South Sudanese women have not let down our country and our people all along. ’Katiba banet (women battalion)’, fought with absolute superiority against our arch enemy----

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    • 14 March 07:19, by Langbaar

      the Arabs of North Sudan. El Kurmuk one and El Kurmuk two, are testaments to how our women helped in liberation of South Sudan.>>>>

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      • 16 March 09:49, by Midit Mitot

        Dear all,

        I,am assuming that we can preach for peace instated of hate speeches since the Government IO have taken good step, and they are going to involved NAS in to the process.

        Can we please come up with solidarity and leave behind those crooks words against other parties?

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  • 14 March 11:24, by Games

    UN has to shut up and started focusing on the coronovirus. Let’s the South Sudanese have a little bit of break from outside lectures. There are more women in this new Unity government in South Sudan than anywhere else in the world.

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    • 14 March 12:40, by South South

      Games/Mentally retarded,

      You still writing your shit English. Yes, we need 35% to go to our women period. IO is a family movement with Riek appointing his dirty wife as a minister of Defense. Anyway, Kiir is Commander-in-chief of our army. She will be listening to Kiir everyday. Do you know that Angelina committed adultery before?

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      • 14 March 13:00, by Eastern

        South South,

        You still writing your shit English.....check that bit of your lousy sentence you bag of bones. If you have anything to contribute, quaranteened lest you spread COVID-19 here..!

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        • 15 March 16:48, by The Rhino

          Eastern,

          Speaking of Covid-19,..Kiir the foolish Dinka ’president’ advised South Sudanese to instead ’knock elbows or kick feet’ and stay away from handshakes or hugs when meeting one another.This is a Dinka version of combatting the virus’s transmission,shit!

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          • 15 March 16:57, by The Rhino

            South South,

            You street skunk!You definitely have no respect for women, do you?Let me quickly remind you that your own Dinka so called models/women are up to no good,..they’re out there with their dirty tongues salivating for other women,shameful!

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            • 15 March 17:14, by The Rhino

              Jubaone,

              In nature,Dinka people are coward opportunists!They ran away from North Sudan,got our/global support and now they assume,they fought or liberated South Sudan alone,nonesense!Scumbags like ’South South’ from Abyei has nothing to say here, he will for always remind a pisser and drifter for life.We will sent him back to where he came from,..his fucking luak,full stop!

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            • 15 March 17:16, by South South

              The Rhino,

              Kurkoo!!! Iam stating the facts, but nothing, only facts. Nuer guys know their woman, Angelina is a dirty woman. She was caught sleeping with another man, fact is fact. Bad women are everywhere, but when you put them in higher positions, you make sure that people will point out their weakness and that’s what Iam doing.

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              • 15 March 18:43, by The Rhino

                South South,

                Fair enough,you damned pisser is getting to the point.Have you now realized why,The Rhino,Jubaone,Eastern and co always blast the weaknesses of your illiterate Dinka ’chief’ Kiir,since he is in a higher position in the gov’t?Same analogy,.we will keep on pointing out his weaknesses, foolishness,incompetency,greed,tribalism and nepotism,at all times!Deal with it ya muraheel!

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      • 14 March 13:27, by Malakal county Simon

        South South/slave

        What’s bothering you?? Whether she committed adultry or whether OI is family moment since you’re not an IO member.. None sense!!

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        • 14 March 13:59, by South South

          Malakal county Simon/Free Nyantit,

          You have to agree with me that when a woman is sleeping around with many men, then she is a dirty woman. She is ready to spread her legs to any man, dirty woman, right? Again, speak nice with me right now because Riek is in, and I want you to underline "Riek is in".

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          • 15 March 05:02, by Games

            South Shit
            Nobody cares about who you are and Salva Kiir has been commanders in chiefs since 2005, but accomplished nothing from his leadership. This is a agreement government, For the next 36 months, Salva Kiir would be continuing in charge for Dinka militias and Machar for IO.

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  • 16 March 04:43, by Bisley

    The idea of imposing quotas on government officials (or in any other sort of work) by sex, race, religion, etc. is just stupid. The most capable people available should fill such positions, without regard to anything else (and if the most capable person for a particular position is a woman, she should be appointed). Things need to be run according to performance, not appearance.

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