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S. Sudan’s Kiir calls for elections before end of interim period

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August 16, 2016 (JUBA)- August 16, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, has unexpectedly called for an early election, two years ahead of schedule and before the completion of the implementation of the peace agreement which recommends a lot of institutional and political reforms for two and a half years of the transitional period.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Reuters)

President Kiir made the remarks weeks after he dislodged from Juba his former first deputy Riek Machar who is currently on the run in Equatoria region. The President said it was time to renew mandate from the people in an early election, which he believes to have no challenger.

“I believe we need a new mandate and trust from the people. I will therefore consult with other political leaders and pursue our transitional constitution provisions in order to reach general consensus on expediting electoral process," announced president Kiir in a speech on Monday in the national parliament.

He said the reason for calling for an early election is to avoid attempts to ascend to the office by other means than elections, claiming some people may take advantage of lack of new mandate from the people.

"We need to hear the voice of the people. If [we] don’t do so, may be someone will wake up one day and declare a coup,” he told members of parliament.

He also called for public support to continue to press ahead with economics and security reforms, his ambitious plan to kick-start the young nation’s stagnant economic growth using heavy government spending and economic reforms.

The president failed to say whether he would step down or not but called for unity as the only way to ensure success and development in the country.

“The road to prosperity should be paved with unity, not divisions, with goodwill and hard work, not endless futile conflict,” he said.

The head of state expressed optimism that his country would one day overcome challenges it is grappling to address.

“We believed and still believe that we can escape the dreaded curse of Africa: the perpetual ethnic and tribal discord, violence and the political instability and dysfunction which have sad characterized many African countries in the last fifty years. We believe we can do much better than that. We can learn from the experiences of others so that we do not repeat mistakes that constrained so many African leaders and led to their failure to develop their countries and deliver services to their people,” he said while reading it from a text.

“I still believe in that dream. I am confident we can turn our own experiences and challenges into success despite current political instability and insecurity that some people want to make a trade mark of South Sudan,” he added.

Elections in the war-ravaged nation were scheduled to be conducted in 2018 in accordance with the timetable outlined in the August 2015 peace deal.

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  • 16 August 2016 22:41, by Mr Point

    He’s exhausted any trust he may have once had, with his endless futile inter tribal warfare.

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  • 17 August 2016 04:30, by dinkdong

    This guy must be drunk. How can he suggested doing election in before the interim period end? It is because we don’t have any other choices otherwise he and Riek are curses to this country.

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    • 17 August 2016 05:13, by Lorolokin

      President INU is totally drunk that why JCE make it easy to manipulate this poor innocent victim (PIV)

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  • 17 August 2016 06:50, by Joseph Canada

    Its anew way to dodge ICC. He also try to play that game so that when he lose election, then he will be called a former President and therefore live happily. Also the Ugandan govt. have shut him down and he have seen his death coming. All roads that leads to Juba from the outside are all Blocked!!.hahahaha. the booby-trap is about to get the rat!!

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  • 17 August 2016 06:54, by Eastern

    Kiir has no authority to call for elections to give a new mandate. What mandate is Kiir talking about. There was no election conducted in South Sudan that gave him mandate as the president of the country. Kiir was elected as a president of Sothern Sudan and the FVP of the Sudan. Kiir is in office because of a very weak and timid parliament!

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    • 17 August 2016 07:59, by wacjak

      Joseph Canada, may be it’s the gate to your mother’s house that is closed. Otherwise, every other route leading in n out of Juba is opened. Your thugs r nowhere nearer. Your traitor has no more dreams to be part of politics in this nation. Y’r hopeless idiots in the bushes of Equatoria will only have the advantage of this season, but come November-December, non of them would still be in the bus

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      • 17 August 2016 14:16, by Joseph Canada

        Wajack, When trying to correct my writing, Dont you EVER MENTION MY MOTHER. I for ones here never mention someone’s mother.Luck of respect from people like you is what brought that nation to what it is. I am now giving you this as a warning. My mother have nothing to do with what I write here, which goes to your mother as well. You keep on lying to yourself . all roads are close.

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  • 17 August 2016 08:27, by Kerem

    Dinkdong,

    It is not that South Sudan does not have an choice. We have a variety of choices but our minds are invaded with the DINKA - NUER war attitudes. We do not see along the line of the whole country vision but through a very ego-centric approaches

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    • 17 August 2016 16:30, by Hardlinner

      Kerem, your response is the only genuine one. the rest are tribal and nonintellectual. kiir and riek are not what south Sudan want in order to develop. Riek believe in ngundeng prophecies which make me question his education credentials and leadership. Kiir on other hand is too weak to come up with genuine developmental projects. we need a leader with world wide views not villager.

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  • 17 August 2016 18:05, by lino

    Elections in South Sudan and everywhere else have processes need to be followed; else we are inviting more violence into our country!
    Let us conduct general census and know who are the voters in this country, and how wealth, services, and other projects will be divided and carried out; then we talk elections in next 3-5 years.

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