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South Sudan opposition groups backtrack on Peter Gatdet’s election: statement


20181204 SSOA leaders pose in Khartoum after decision to nacktrack on Peter Gatdet election for chairman on 4 Dec 2018 (ST Photo)

December 4, 2018 (JUBA) - The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA has finally suspended the election of Peter Gatdet Yaka as a new leader and decided to work collectively to resolve the concerns and reservations that tainted the operationalization of the leadership council.

On 30 November, the SSOA Leadership Council elected Yaka for six months but failed to elect the remaining other seven office bearers because the outgoing chairman rejected the outcome of the vote and contested the procedures used in the vote.

However, the opposition umbrella Tuesday decided to backtrack on its decision to elect Yaka pointing to the complications that the split of the group would generate and its negative impact on the peace implementation process.

"Following the dispute that emerged during the meeting (of 30 November), SSOA Leadership in a meeting held on 04th December 2018 unanimously agreed to suspend the outcome of the said meeting," said a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday evening.

"In the meantime, the Interim Leadership will collectively continue to administer the affairs of SSOA and work amicably towards resolution of all the concerns and within the shortest time possible," further said the SSOA in a joint statement signed by five leaders.

The statement was signed by Gabriel Changson Chang (FDP/SSAF), Khalid Butros Bora (NAS), Josephine Lagu Yanga (PDM), Joseph B. Bakasoro (SSNMC), Hussein Abdelbagi Akol (SSPM), BapinyMonytuilWejang (SSLM).

The South Sudan United Movement (SSUM) of Peter Gatdet and Lam Akol, the leader of the National Democratic Movement (NDM).

SudanTribune failed to reach Lam Akol to get his feedback on this development.

The collective leadership vowed to settle all the concerns that led to creating a rift within the alliance "and that the unity of SSOA and the implementation of the R-ARCSS remain paramount despite the challenging circumstances".

The alliance appealed to all SSOA member organizations, individual members, supporters and well-wishers to be calm, exercise restraint and refrain from provocative and abusive languages.

The SSOA charter provides that the Chairperson is elected by rotation among the Leaders of SSOA’s factions and the six-month term was non-renewable.

Gabriel Changson was elected as the interim chairperson of the alliance on 16 February 2018 with the signing of SSOA’s Charter. So, Since last August some factions pointed to the need to elect another but due to the peace talks at the times the alliance preferred to wait until a peace deal is reached.


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  • 5 December 2018 04:22, by Pakuai

    Anything that emanates from SUDAN TRIBUNE, Radio Tamazuj & other foreign online tabloids have been a destructive force to our country & our people----and I mean, my own humble self is also part of the problem. And this is precisely because of frustration. But some of the oppositions seem to be coming back to their senses. Restructuring of our constitution, register our parties, do our>>>

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    • 5 December 2018 04:35, by Pakuai

      our ’national dialogue’ to reconcile our people and do our elections and which ever party wins, wins and can rule our people. And if there is no party that wins the elections outright, then the party ahead of the other parties with higher votes can negotiate with other parties that it ’shares an ideology or closer interest’ to their own party>>>

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      • 5 December 2018 05:25, by Games

        Keeps taking your tablets on time. Since some of your comments have been positives from yesterday to today, its seems that your GP is finally detected your diagnosis. And its good for public perspectives. We are praying for you buddy

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        • 5 December 2018 05:47, by Pakuai

          My postings have never ever been never ever since, but there is no way under the sun we will allow some of our lowly informed Nuers ke Nyantoc, Shilluks & some Equatorians to bring our enemies into our country in the name of the so-called "UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping and their human rights business bullshits" again in the 21s century>>>

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      • 5 December 2018 05:35, by Pakuai

        and form a government that will work for the ’interests of South Sudanese and South Sudan’. And not about the so-called regionalism & tribes. And to be honest with you some of our lowly informed South Sudanese fools. If it all wind down to ’regionalism & tribalism’, then the Dinkas/Jaangs/Jenges & her allies will always be rule by the Dinkas/Jaangs/Jenges as far as we are concerned>>>>

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        • 5 December 2018 06:03, by Pakuai

          Fellows, know this ’re-editing’ by the SUDAN TRIBUNE criminals of my posts all the times "If it all it winds down to ’regionalism & tribalism’, then the Dinkas/Jaangs/Jenges & her allies will always be the rulers of our country as far as we are concerned. SPLM/A was overwhelmingly Dinkas/Jaangs/Jenges, over 80%. Almost all the Nuers, Shilluks and almost all the Equatorians & others were in tandem>

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          • 5 December 2018 06:11, by Pakuai

            with our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan for supplies and to fight against the SPLA. And up to this day, Mr. Riek Machar foolishness, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Uyai Deng Ajak, Rebecca Nyandeng & other bunch of fools let themselves be carried away by their Riek Machar evil intrigues with their sponsors in the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs>>>>

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            • 5 December 2018 06:28, by Games

              It’s time for your tablets…you are getting out of control

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  • 5 December 2018 09:06, by James Bol Bol

    I hope that SSOA leadership decision in backtracking from dispute between former chairman and peter Gadet will helps if they are following the right direction to transforms and look foreword for another step.

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  • 5 December 2018 09:54, by Redeemer

    We as South Sudanese have a problem that will take generations to eradicate. There was no mention in the SSOA MOU that any member with warrant cannot lead SSOA, they would have the phase to stop Gatdet’s domination. Batch of fools

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