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JMEC sets timetable towards formation of South Sudan’s transitional cabinet

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December 16, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), a powerful body set up to oversee the full implementation of the peace agreement signed in August by warring parties in South Sudan, has set a detailed timetable which calls for formation of the transitional government of national unity on 22 January 2016.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (L) shakes hands with rebel leader and former vice-president Riek Machar after signing an agreement on the reunifiation of the SPLM in Arusha, Tanzania on 21 January 2015 (AP)

The comprehensive document released by JMEC indicated deadlines for a number of activities to be carried out by the parties in sequential order, starting with the return of the advance team of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of former vice-president, Riek Machar.

The document, a copy of which was seen by Sudan Tribune on Wednesday suggested that the first group of the SPLM-IO’s advance team would have arrived in Juba on Tuesday, 15 December, according to the schedule provided by JMEC, but the date has been changed to 18 December, according to officials of the opposition group.

A first group of the advance team of over 150 people may travel to Juba on Friday, 18 December, followed by two more groups few days later, to bring the total number to 609 which may all arrive in the South Sudanese capital before Christmas day or end of the year.

Upon arrival of the advance team to Juba, a number of meetings will have taken place for a number of days or weeks with participation of all members to the bodies established under the peace agreement as the mechanisms for implementing the agreement.

The meetings will be chaired by the head of JMEC, former president of Botswana, Festus Mogae, who will be reporting to the East African regional bloc, IGAD, the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) on progress made and obstacles faced in the peace implementation.

On 23 December 2015, according to the timetable, the parties to the agreement, namely president Salva Kiir’s government, opposition faction of SPLM-IO, former detainees and other political parties will select their respective ministerial portfolios which will constitute the future council of ministers in the would-be transitional government of national unity.

On 5 January 2016, the parties will submit names of their selected additional members to the transitional national legislative assembly in accordance with the power sharing provided for in the peace deal.

The parliament, the document indicates, will be expanded or reconstituted on 7 January 2016 with membership from all the parties to the agreement, while on 14 January, a week later, the parties will submit names of their designated ministers to the council of ministers, corresponding to the ministerial positions they will have selected on 23 December, a week from now.

On 19 January the new transitional parliament will pass the amended transitional constitution and on 20 January, president Kiir will assent to the amended constitution, paving the way for formation of the transitional government of national unity on 22 January 2016.

(ST)

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  • 17 December 2015 02:35, by lino

    Let us watch and see if they follow suit!!!

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    • 17 December 2015 04:36, by Mi diit

      Thanks JMEC for breaking the ice of intransigence from the government. SPLM-IO’s 609 advance team must go to Juba soon. Let us see what the government will say about it and then JMEC will report the violation to IGAD, AU and UNSC.

      Peace!

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      • 17 December 2015 05:10, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Mi dit, u r extremely a manic & paranoid person. This peace is meant for suffering civilians on the ground but not for repatriation of all rebels. The mindset that believes in big number could overthrow govt now persists. Think of ur vulnerable parents not political position.

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        • 17 December 2015 05:49, by Mi diit

          Shaddrack Nuer Machut,

          Oh, let’s see who is paranoid! The fact that you think 609 unarmed SPLM-IO advance team will overthrow the government is paranoia itself.

          The fact that you think 609 is a bigger number than the thousands of you in Juba is a paranoia itself.

          The fact that you refuse return of the advance team in fear of implementing peace is paranoia itself.

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    • 17 December 2015 08:04, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Let central bank governor of south Sudan Koriom Mayiik be reshuffled only because he killed economic of the country.

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    • 17 December 2015 08:06, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Why always to be directed like children,if we cannot manage ourselvs better to be rule by a foreigner personnel

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  • 17 December 2015 05:42, by Eastern

    No more foot dragging, implement the accord to the letter; no more negotiations.

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    • 17 December 2015 06:50, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      I have read an interview from an Equatorian Website, about Riek not coming to South Sudan any time sooon, because his eye cancer is spreading through his body like a wild fire. he commissioned Lado and his Wife Jany to take care of company (Io) until the doctors find out what an eye cancer is all about.

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      • 17 December 2015 07:43, by Eastern

        Lotodo,

        It would lend credence to such wild rumour if supported by the source of the same; short of that the Macher eye cancer narrative will remain your wildest wishes. I am no Macher nor Kiir worshipper.

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  • 17 December 2015 07:58, by KEAT BAYAk

    Lotodo,

    You need to comment or tell your views on what you think can be the way forward on peace implementation and how to end the suffering of the innocent people of South Sudan. Riek or Kiir personal illness is not a topic of debate. We all need peace. I’m sure 3/4 of South Sudanese need peace although there are few individuals who are against the peace implementation.

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  • 17 December 2015 15:57, by Agutthon

    Angundeng (Ngundeng) is smiling in the grave.

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