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Peace partners agree to increase southern Sudan parliamentary seats


February 22, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The two partners of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) agreed in a meeting held at the level of the Sudanese presidency to increase parliamentary seats to southern Sudan, but they are still differ on the final number of seat.

A picture taken on January 9, 2009 shows Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir (C) and First Vice President Salva Kiir (R) arriving at Upper-Nile State capital city (Getty)

The agreement, however, ends quarrel by the National Congress Party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement over the result of the fifth census conducted last year. The SPLM threatened to not participate in the elections of national parliament if the dispute in not resolved.

Luka Biong the minister at the presidency of southern Sudan government said that the presidency in a meeting held on Sunday agreed to increase 40 parliamentary seats to southern Sudan in the national parliament. He added they will be appointed based on election results.

However, Mohamed el-Hassan Al-Amin, National Assembly Deputy Speaker, marked his distance from what Biong said about the 40 seats adding latest understanding between the two parties reached 34 members of parliament underscoring the SPLM demands 40 seats.

Al-Amin further said that the proportional representation is the most appropriate mechanism to increase the representation of Southerners in the parliament from 21% to 25%. He added this should include women’s constituencies.

The south accuses the north of manipulating the results of the census to deny the south adequate representation in parliament, commensurate with its size, in order to pass self-serving legislation.

"There is politics behind it ... there is a possibility of the national parliament changing the (2005) agreement, even changing the right to self determination for the people of south Sudan if there is no reasonable blocking minority," Deng Alor leading SPLM member last month.

In April 2010, Sudan is scheduled to hold its first democratic elections in 24 years. General elections are required by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, or CPA, which ended the civil conflict between northern and southern Sudan that lasted two decades, killed 2 million people, and displaced 4 million more.


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  • 23 February 2010 08:48, by Gatbentiu

    SPLM OYEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Keep on pushing these guys to increase our parliamentary seats,25% is not enough for us i n Southern Sudan.Al Amin and his NCP guys should accept the 40 seats mentioned not 34 as he said.

    Salva Kiir and Dr Riek will appoints professionals to take these seats.


  • 23 February 2010 09:07, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

    Hey there,

    This welcome, thank to Mayarditson for the job well done! Keep it up.

    Those doubting thomases there must learn that nothing can be done in a day. Were in the South are worried went the is no progress, but with slow progress that is happening, we are to sure that we shall reach our destiny.

    Our wise DR. Garang cautioned us to be driving slowly so as to reach our destiny very fast! No crazy driving to our destination, the Democratic Republic of South Sudan(DRSS).

    Be blessed,

    Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism and corruption.

    • 23 February 2010 09:19, by BUSTA 2


      Brothers and sisters, soon we are going for referendum in case we seperate what will be our common or National languager??

      Chose one language from these list which will be use after referendum..

      1> Dinka Language

      2> Nuer Language

      3> Zande Language.

      Your contribution will be highly approciated toward this critical decision.

      Brother in Christ,

      Busta 2

      • 23 February 2010 09:42, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

        Bustard 2,

        Do Southerners look like those who shall use any different language from what they are using no?

        You are too ignorence and better leaves us alone for now and ever.

        Dinka, Nuer, Bari, Zande and what have you, have got their common language called arabie Juba or Rondox arabie Junub jedet, it is like the East African Kiswahili, we in Juba, Bor, Yambio, Malakal and so on are comfortable with it. What more do you want??????

        Please other business to do if you have none! We are too determine nd must never ever get confused come what!

        Be blessed,

        Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism and corruption.

      • 23 February 2010 09:54, by Chier Akueny

        Dear Southerners,
        Pertaining national language to be used as South Sudan gets referendum depends on how rich is that language to come up by it self but none can declare the language but language declares itself when it is commonly used.

        King Chier, BSU UNIVERSITY.

      • 23 February 2010 10:02, by Gatbentiu

        Hey Busta 2!

        You have taken us back to 1900,South Sudan is not compose of only three tribes.

        The fact is that Arabic and English will remain as national languages of South Sudan.

        We neither need any of the languages you mentioned


        • 23 February 2010 10:16, by BUSTA 2

          To Gatbentiu and others,

          The above mentioned three tribes is selected based on the mojority /number not the importances of them.

          Thanks for your positive cooperation for the pre-determine common language to be used in South Sudan not Arabic again because it will not make different from the North.

          Brother in Christ,

          Busta 2

          • 23 February 2010 11:04, by mohammed ali

            This is simply to keep the SPLA quite.Thecensus in the south was conducted by southerners only, not a sigle Jalabba!!

            The NCP is confident more than 100% that 40 more seats ,even were won 100% by the SPLA ,will not affect it’s overwhelming majority, otherwise they would’t have agreed.Read between the lines!

            • 23 February 2010 11:35, by Master

              The problem Mohammed Ali is that the SPLM/GOSS knows that these census results are correct and they conducted it in the South and it was monitored on Both sides. They accuse the North of playing with the results because like children they know they didnt get the percentage they needed in Parliament 25%. But their ignorant racist hateful constituents would believe anything if you tell them the North/NCP is trying to cheat you. They believe it without asking questions or reason ie arrogance and ignorance. The people of South Sudan have a grudge against the North and the SPLM are milking this to the last drop to their advantage. They know these people are filled with hatred they wont doubt them. The sad reality is the SPLM is playing its own people for its own gain and not the benefit of the people of the South. I can give you hundreds of examples to prove that. But these blind hateful fools don’t listen to reason. Those that do are called traitors or arab lovers. So let them be with their primitive basic instincts. They will see the true colors of the SPLM when the South Separates — Hopefully soon !!

              1. You want secession - Order all Southerners in the North to return South. Especially your Fat, Drunk, big Villa, fancy 4 wheel driving, corrupt SPLM members in the North

              2. Do not bother yourselves with the Census, Elections - these are matters for the North. You worry about the starvation and genocide that is going to hit South Sudan.

              3. Stop your constant bickering and crying.

              • 23 February 2010 12:24, by Sudani Logik

                You sound like the one crying....

                1) I would love to hear your examples of manupilation by the SPLM of its supporters.

                2) The southerners have every right to be bitter and hateful towards a region that has shown it nothing but contempt and discrimination for decades- would you ever question the legitimacy of palestinian ill feeling towards the Jewish state? I don’t think so, because you’re a misguided fanatic.

                3) How could Darfur’s population equal that of the south even though they’ve been in war for over 6yrs and the IDPs in Chad were not included in the count, not to mention the high birth rate in an area devestated by drought and conflict? it just don’t make sense....

                Lastly, why don’t you ask questions about the bullshit they feed you! instead of expecting southerners to continue being second class citizens in their own land. You’re like a deranged slave owner in America’s cotton plantation back in the 1800s angry at Blacks for demanding their rights as if they’re your property. Stop your twisted and misguided rants at southerners and get rid of those hate goggles you wear every time you make a comment on this site.

              • 23 February 2010 12:34, by Sudani Logik

                By the way, those who label every southerner who disagrees with the SPLM or who practices democracy by supporting other political idelas as Arab lovers or traitors are themselves the true traitors and they’re just as misguided and ignorant as you! because the SPLM was founded on the ideals of equality regardless of ethnicity, religion or political affiliation. Examples are plenty for this.... A northern Arab muslim is nominated to the highest office in the land, need I say more!! Now compare that to the record of the NCP or any previous Khartoum regime....

                SPLM is not perfect and never will be as long as humans are involved but in the name of the almighty they will always be a better option than the NCP. Simply because they are more inclusive despite what is being spread by the media.

      • 23 February 2010 13:22, by paweetdit

        stupidity sometime can lead a good dog to eat its own stool.
        son of woman, referedum does not means to choose these languages you have wrongly listed.
        infact i belong to one of these languages mentiond but, it is not good to single out some and leave some.

  • 23 February 2010 16:12, by Time1

    If national assembly could change the laws they would have done it by now, the assembly does not need to wait untill there is a week left for the referrendum to make chnages, its because changes is not possible unless those who want change do not want the peace agreement and want to violate it, it has so far been only a suggestion by some evil individual who wish that could be done so war can resume but lets remind those fools that that idea is good but it is not possible, also now SPLM seat has been increase to 40% add to that the southern opposition seats, the parliament need a qourum of 60-5% votes for any changes to happen, so it is not possible, just sit down and think about it carefully and make your calculations, it is good to dream but also to think if your dream is a reasonable dream. you will realise that changing referendum in the last thing in the head of any member of parliament. I am just trying to help those who have so far not been able to understand this issue.

    • 23 February 2010 16:14, by Time1

      SudaTribune mention that the NCP said that 34 seats only given to SPLM remember there is SPLM and also other southern opposition parties int he parliament they have about 7% of seat there, so add that to the SPLM 34%.

  • 23 February 2010 18:46, by Akuma

    True or not! there will be no nation unity eventhough NCP thousand of seat southerners. what about part of the regions.

    Dr. Akuma

    • 23 February 2010 20:50, by R. TOOL

      Mr. kumba,

      Your paragraph made "NO" senses. Please try again.

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