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Opposition leader criticizes new S. Sudan council of states

August 2, 2011 (JUBA) - An opposition leader in the newly created Republic of South Sudan’s has strongly criticised South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir’s appointment of the much anticipated council of states delegates, which was the outcome of a decree issued on Monday.

Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, a member of a breakaway party from South Sudan’s ruling party - the largest opposition group in the former South Sudan’s Legislative Assembly (SSLA) - described the president’s directive as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s (SPLM) “usual way of doing things”.

“That is their own [SPLM] affair and they can run this new country the way they choose. This government is not willing to work with the opposition. They simply chose to work with members from the five political parties with whom they drafted the transitional constitution,” he said.

Nyikwech, of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), accused newly-independent South Sudan’s ruling party of deviating from agreed principles and running the state on a one party system.

“Where is the democracy when you only involve one party and a few members of those who subscribe to your views? We have started this new nation on a wrong note,” the opposition leader told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Kiir, on August 1, issued a declaration establishing and appointing 50 Council of State representatives for the new nation, less than a month after he was sworn-in as its first leader.

The Council, according to the decree, will comprise of 20 representatives from Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) drawn from all the 10 states of the country, and 30 additional members from “other categories”.

“In exercise of the powers vested upon me under Article 94(3) read together with Article 58(2) (a) (b) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011, I, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, hereby issue the following Presidential Decree for the Establishment and Appointment of the Representatives of the Council of States of the Republic of South Sudan…” partly reads the decree No. 11/2011.

NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

Kiir also issued another presidential decree for the transformation and reconstitution of the National Legislative Assembly of the new republic.

The newly-created assembly, according to the decree will comprise of 170 members of the former SSLA, 96 ex-members of the Khartoum-based national assembly elected from southern constituencies and 66 members reportedly appointed under article 94 (2) (b) the country’s transitional constitution.

“In exercise of the powers vested upon me under Articles 56(2)(a)(b)(c) and 94(2)(a)(b) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011, I, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, hereby issue the following Presidential Decree for the Transformation and Reconstitution of the National Legislative Assembly of the Republic of South Sudan…” decree No. 10/2011 reads in part.

Sudan Tribune understands that both decrees are expected to commence with immediate effect.

(ST)