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SSOA signed S. Sudan governance deal because its demands have been answered

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Omer al- ashir laughing with Kiir and shakes hands with Deng Alor after the signing of the governance agreement on 5 August 2018 (Photo Ugandan presidency)
August 7, 2018 (JUBA) - The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) said they signed the agreement on the outstanding issues of governance because it had been changed upon the request of President Omer al-Bashir.

The opposition umbrella surprised the attendance and TV audience with the appearance of the SSOA leader Gabriel Changson Chang and SPLM-FDs leading member Deng Alor at the Friendship Hall among the signatories of the agreement.

In a joint statement on 3 August, the two groups reiterated their rejection for the deal, pointing to the need to review article 4 on the number o state and boundaries, Article 5.1 on the power-sharing at the states and local governments levels and sub-articles 6.7 -6.8 about the National Pre-Transition Committee and its fund.

In a statement dated on 6 August but released on Tuesday, SSOA said two things happened on Sunday that led to the last minute change in their position.

"First, a new Article 4a was introduced into the agreement which deals with a Technical Boundaries Committee (TBC) tasked to delineate and demarcate tribal boundaries as they stood on 1/1/1956," reads the statement.

Adding that tribes whose lands were grabbed as a result of the imposition of the 32 States can now make their representations to the TBC and have the right to seek arbitration before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague.

The second thing, the IGAD Heads of State and Government have made a commitment that the whole Article 4 will be subjected to further discussions when the peace talks resume.

"A written commitment to that effect was written and signed by the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs who is the Chief Mediator," stressed the statement.

The opposition alliance further said the matter had been submitted to the IGAD leaders in Khartoum on Sunday by President Omer al-Bashir who explained the situation.

"President Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir of Sudan was properly briefed about our position. He explained it to his colleagues who adopted it unanimously thus opening the way for us to sign the said agreement".

SSOA thanked al-Bashir for "his patience with us and persuading his colleagues to see the justice of our demands".

Two opposition groups, the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) and the National Salvation Front (NAS) however rejected the agreement creating a de facto rift within the opposition alliance which might weaken its position in the ongoing discussions in Khartoum.

After his return to Juba on Monday, President Salva Kiir on Monday said committed to the signed text on the governance even if he said that South Sudanese would not accept to cancel the 32 states.

AFRICAN UNION WELCOMES

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Monday welcomed the signing of the Agreement on Outstanding Issues of Governance, saying it constitutes an important step towards the end of the conflict in South Sudan.

"The Chairperson of the Commission urges the South Sudanese parties to sustain the momentum arising from the signed agreement, by continuing to demonstrate the required spirit of compromise and implementing in good faith the commitments they have made," stressed the statement.

Moussa further praised the efforts of President Omer al-Bashir and the IGAD leaders in order to achieve peace in South Sudan and to bring an end to the nearly five-year conflict.

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  • 8 August 00:11, by South South

    This is real peace. Let’s go for it. The issue of state boundaries should not be an issue at all because every tribe la d in South Sudan is very well known. The issue of 32 state is a real big one if anyone wants to cancel them, only referendum will settle them the way we want.

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    • 8 August 06:13, by Dinka-Defender-General

      I agree with you South Sudan. This is a legitimate agreement and all rebels should sign it. We, the South Sudan citizens need a peace.

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    • 8 August 06:48, by Kenyang ll

      South South,
      You’re right, this peace may hold because true enemy country Sudan led by Al Bashir who supplied 100% arms to South Sudan rebels has come to know, they are losers after all. But that shouldn’t satisfy average watchful South Sudanese like myself unless Sudan is willing to accept $1/gal for our oil transit, abandon occupied territories like Abyei, Kafia Kini...or all is nonesense.

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    • 8 August 06:57, by Jongo

      Southx2 Now we comment with a big simile on our faces Congratulation to all South Sudanese But we still have one person not seen in the agreement MG Thomas Cerilo we’r urging him to come on board his demands are all Equatorians too but this time to be inhere but not through GUN no more. Come out Tom back to military we need you their & we’l support & stand behind you

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  • 8 August 00:53, by The Rhino

    The deal was signed by pathetic power hungry factions of SSOA.These incoherent greedy individuals will never see their demands implemented,Kiir has already made his standpoint about the illegal 32 states very clear.The so called TBC is only on paper,and mafia organization IGAD will as always leave Kiir to handle issues in favor of money and chunky interests reciprocation.The losers are those who..

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    • 8 August 00:54, by The Rhino

      ...have already signed the bogus peace.Welcome dummies!

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      • 8 August 07:17, by Eastern

        The Rhino,

        This Khartoum peace jokes will be what posterity will remember for causing much pain amongst South Sudanese...JCE seems to have scored victory but that euphoria won’t last. Just watch this space...!

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        • 8 August 09:33, by Jongo

          Eastern/The Rhino
          Remember KOKORA their was no Guns involved only the people of Equatoria decided to those idiot jengelon back to their dirty luaks exactly this’s what’s going to happen no need to use guns to avoid more victims just focus there are so many ways to send those jengelon & tier Government back luak so they go after it period

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          • 8 August 09:57, by Eastern

            Jongo,

            Well, as your alias implies, those with jongo are taken with a pinch of salt in Equatoria....That being said, Museveni’s new catch, after he failed to have Kabila (both senior and junior) and Kagame, found a childish fellow in the person of Kiir. Guns can be used to shade more blood to realise what we are saying.....

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        • 8 August 12:29, by The Rhino

          Eastern,

          True,just another short excitement.I think bloodthirsty JCE demagogues are now positioning themselves for the next round of evil activities against anybody trying to deter them from their ill tribal agenda.South Sudan is headed towards next pandemonium,no question!

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    • 8 August 08:32, by Sunday Junup

      The Rhino,
      I agree with you but not your ideas of tribal like Equatoris etc. It is impossible to get what ever you needs through peace agreement. I know and believe that Kiirimnal Mayardit will never implement any peace agreement that is why i always told you to count me out until Kiir is no more

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  • 8 August 01:28, by One people

    Only smart people who’re the one who understand 32 states whiches is not a big deal or big problem that can lead people to death. I am very happy that our leaders are taking things diplomatically way like leaders. Goodbody language

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  • 8 August 03:39, by lino

    Gen. Bashir really fires up managing to bring these South Sudanese Politicians together!!! He got triple AAA already from the International Community! Now the money for rebuilding SS will come through him as SS Politicians have no idea of managing State Finance; they maybe suggest Sudanese Economist to take over Ministery of Finance!!!🤑🤑🤑🤑😂😂😂😂!!!

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    • 8 August 10:04, by Paul Ongee

      Eastern, etc.,
      What I like about about thinkning is you make negative comments because you r born in 1980s. If kokora in Bari ( re-division of 1983) which was introduced by Nimeiry regime was beneficial to Junubin, what did Equatoria as a region - let alone Bahr El-Ghazal n Upper Nile - benefit from it regardless of de outbreak of civil war in May 1983?Your problem is u don’t want to learn history

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      • 8 August 10:05, by Paul Ongee

        Anya-nya I was able to wage war against Khartoum Islamic-based government because they have a training wing in Owiny-ki-bul besides Lobone until AAA-1972 was signed. SPLM/A training wing was initially based in Bonga, Ethiopia before Mengistu overthrown in 1991 with support from Khartoum.

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        • 8 August 10:06, by Paul Ongee

          To know more why this agreement will hold water as I pointed out briefly in one of my comments that Khartoum felt the pinch of economic meltdown because it (Khartoum) was only obsessed with arming various rebels groups to destabilize South Sudan without paying attention that it would back fire economically. You disputed that Khartoum “did not feel the pain”.

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          • 8 August 10:08, by Paul Ongee

            Omer Al-Bashir is longing for regional and international recognition that he’s the only right leader who can bring peace (and war as well) in South Sudan, no matter how many vice presidents might be in the presidency. Economically he lied to the audience after signing the peace agreement on Sunday that South Sudan economy was already collapsing. Sudan’s surviving on loan-based economy since 2012.

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            • 8 August 10:09, by Paul Ongee

              Read the comments posted on “Latest Comments and Analysis” site; there is an interesting article authored by Magdi El Gizouli “Back to the Future: Khartoum’s ‘peace’ in South Sudan. Now (perhaps in the distant future) Khartoum warned all the militia warlords to go back to South Sudan; it’s not the usual game anymore. Riek’s recruits who were under training got dismantled immediately.

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              • 8 August 10:10, by Paul Ongee

                To confirm, call any Nuer you know in Khartoum will elaborate more on it. Ethiopia who always proclaims to be the best mediator since 1972 is not ready to entertain any rebels on its soil. Likewise, Kenya and Uganda are doing the same thing, not forgetting that insecurity and economic instability in South Sudan has affected not only their countries but the whole IGAD region and EAC as well.

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                • 8 August 10:11, by Paul Ongee

                  IGAD countries promised to deport whoever attempts to use their soil to launch attacks on South Sudan government. First, think of deportation to Juba by force wherever you are before you make such blunder like what you r preaching - war. Even SSOA is aware of that move; that’s why they immediately changed their mind to sign the agreement. Soon you’ll hear PDM and NAS change their mind.

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                  • 8 August 10:14, by Paul Ongee

                    We r not worried about internet warmongers living in de western world. They work hard to support their families, pay their bills on time, their children go to school, n get de best health care service in de world. They are not feeling de suffering our people on de ground here r going through but during break time or after they get off work, they get on computer keyboards to fight "words of war".

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                    • 8 August 10:23, by Eastern

                      Paul Ongee,

                      The views of EASTERN cannot and MUST NOT be take as average view, by using ETC! You know, the moment Eastern says THIS IS OKAY, even Kiir and YOU would feel some difference in your miserable lives! Eastern lives large...! Please next time use your Dinka Bor section name, if you can!

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                      • 8 August 11:51, by Pakuai

                        Eastern,
                        Go away evil man, My own own Bor Dinka/Jaang name is ’Pakuau/not Pakuai’ a suburb in here in Bor Town. I am a Bor Dinka/Monyjang boy through & through. I am theone will help again bomb you losers out of our Yei, Lainya, Kapoeta, Mongola, Pan Alengerek, Terekeke, Roukon & Juba>>>

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                        • 8 August 12:45, by Pakuai

                          Some of South Sudanese fellows, we have informed you. We are the the ancient Egyptians. And there will be no evil white white Americans, English, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arab of North Sudan>>>

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                    • 8 August 11:34, by jubaone

                      Paul Ongee
                      These war mongers are mainly jienges who seem contented with state of anarchy and unaccountability that prevails. Jiengelands today are worse off even without war. Evidently, war in Equatoria or Uppernile dictates how peace can be achieved. Jienges love war cuz in the state of chaos none is held accountable.

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      • 8 August 14:03, by The Rhino

        Paul Ongee,

        Spare us with your convoluted jienge logic here.If you talk about people who don’t want to learn from history then these will definitely be you the dissociative jienge amnesiacs.After all the wars and fights against the North,you people are again circling back to the once arch enemy of the South.This is like running straight into an open sword.See,the billions of dollars you jienges..

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        • 8 August 14:10, by The Rhino

          Paul Ongee,
          ...have stolen and squandered could have built South Sudan its independent pipelines and even fortified the economy through diverse investments.By the way,KOKORA was good,it helped curb anarchy in Equatoria in the 80’s and we had genuine peace.So the mighty KOKORA is definitely coming back wether you like it or not!

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          • 8 August 16:26, by jubaone

            The Rhino
            Great piece. The jienges haven’t, can’t and won’t do anything. From nothing comes nothing

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            • 8 August 17:30, by The Rhino

              Jubaone,

              100% correct,from nothing comes nothing.These jienges are not only impulsive drifters but absolute lazy people who always wait for readymades.Lets see where they’ll go from here.International donors will not fund their useless government,arms embargo is at the door,economy is on its knee,no prospect for real peace,insecurity at every corner,shit!..

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              • 8 August 17:34, by The Rhino

                Jubaone,
                ...Things are just moving in the wrong direction and this will remain so as long as we have jienges leading South Sudan.Frankly speaking these foolish idiots are riding a blind horse to nowhere.

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  • 8 August 10:59, by Games

    Eastern
    Leaves those idiots above alone. This is a temporarily peaces. M7, Games, Jubaone, Eastern, The Rhino and many more are not satisfied with those Dinka bulshits. M7 and I shall try our best to destroy this craps peace. M7 will pay billions of dollars for damages he has done S. Sudan and I will lose my ancestors lands to Dinka if that peace goes heads

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    • 8 August 13:59, by Paul Ongee

      Games,

      Yelling means u r a No: 1 loser in whatever you intend to do. What I like about u is how u react, argue your points and make comments. Believe me or not, no any neighboring country is going to allow rebels of any color operate from its soil. Y r u suffering from Dinkaphobia or r u trying to build up Gamesmophobia? Wish u gud luck bro. PDM & NAS are coming on board soon.

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      • 8 August 14:06, by Paul Ongee

        Did u not hear when the president arrived at JIA on Monday? Maj. Gen. Tabuley and two officers (from Dinka) who defected with him from NAS (which is under SSOA) met the president before he left Khartoum. They asked for working with govt but one leg at SSOA. The answer was no to them unless they declare to work with govt with 2 legs publicly. The choice is yours, come back home or remain a warmongr

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    • 8 August 18:55, by Eastern

      Games,

      I didn’t understand what you meant...Try better next time..!

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