South Sudan

‘Transitional’ Gov’t High on Agenda as S. Sudan Talks Open


sickness geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The launch follows the 10 June 2014 commitment by President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, former Vice President of the RSS and Leader of the SPLM/A (In Opposition), to expedite and complete dialogue on the formation of a transitional government of national unity within sixty days.

The talks are expected to finalize the modalities for the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement between the warring parties that was re-affirmed on 9 May 2014.

According to a statement from IGAD to Chimpreports, “Negotiations will also begin on a new political dispensation, to include the parameters of a transitional governance agenda and arrangements for a transitional government of national unity.”

The development comes against the backdrop of President Kiir’s statement to Parliament that he will not relinquish his position as President in the new transitional arrangement.

“Of course, we are aware that they intend to form a transitional government without me as its president yet I was elected by the people of South Sudan,” said Kiir as members of both the National Assembly and the Council of States listened attentively.

Kiir put it clear mediators should not even bother considering this option, saying it’s the country’s ‘red line’ as it would disenfranchise those who overwhelmingly voted him into office.

IGAD expects Kiir and Machar to have formed a transitional government by mid-August to prepare ground for national elections.

“There is no question about my position as President. It is not contested by anyone because I am the elected president of South Sudan. Only the people who gave me this mandate reserve the right to take it back in an election,” said Kiir, attracting a thunderous ovation from Parliament.

IGAD said the talks will – for the first time – bring delegates from SPLM Leaders (Former Detainees) and representatives of political parties, civil society and faith-based organizations to the negotiation table alongside the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (In Opposition).

“The talks will be conducted in a participatory and round-table format, in accordance with the 9 May 2014 Agreement to Resolve the Crisis in South Sudan.”

The talks which were planned to start on Monday were postponed when both government and rebel sides boycotted the opening ceremony.

Kiir had demanded fom the IGAD executive secretary Mahboub Maalim an apology for calling him “stupid”.

The rebel side which had also boycotted talks over lack of transparency in choosing delegates to the conference has since reversed is position thus participating in the talks.


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