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South Sudanese cabinet approves creation of 28 states


October 13, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan cabinet approved the expansion of states from 10 to 28 during Tuesday’s extraordinary meeting chaired by President Salva Kiir.

South Sudan’s Salva Kiir addresses ministers during the swearing in ceremony in Juba, August 5, 2013 (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

The country’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said the president’s decree on creation of new states would soon be tabled before lawmakers.

“The council of ministers applauded the decision of the president and directed the minister of justice to table an amendment bill before parliament,” said Makuei.

President Kiir, in his decree read on the state owned SSTV on 2 October, explained that his unexpected decision came in response to demands of the South Sudanese. The move was, however, described by the armed opposition leadership as being unconstitutional and a violation of peace agreement both parties signed in August.

Last week, both the Troika countries and the East African regional bloc (IGAD) called on the South Sudanese leader to revoke his decision on creation of new states.

“The amendment bill will be presented to parliament as soon as possible,” said Makuei.

South Sudanese lawmakers who are currently on recess have been recalled at the request of the of the president to amend article 162 of the country’s Transitional Constitution that defines the young nation as a territory composed of 10 states.


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  • 14 October 2015 04:02, by lino

    Cowboys are always Cowboys.now you better walk the walk and talk the talk!!!

    • 14 October 2015 06:54, by Mi diit

      South Sudan has gone to the dogs for sure. Leaders who just gamble with the nation and lives of its people.

      With poorly educated lawyers around him, Salva Kiir will continue with his insane decisions.

      Last time Michael Makuei Lueth said the order will not be taken to parliament, and now he again said it will be taken to the parliament.

      Why no wait for transitional parliament to adopt it?

      • 14 October 2015 06:59, by Mi diit

        This doesn’t need diplomatic prostitution as displayed by the US, and IGAD now trying to wake up after 10 days in deep sleep. Pathetic.

        The world should sanction Kiir’s regime, block all ports of Mombassa and Sudan, dismember it from the United Nations, AU, IGAD, etc, until it implements the peace agreement to the letter.

        Otherwise, you guys in IGAD are just wasting time with a mad man (Kiir)...

        • 14 October 2015 07:00, by Mi diit

          Now SPLM in opposition should exercise its right to reject Kiir’s order on 28 states and declare it null and void. If the peace agreement collapses than plan B of regime change should be activated. The next president will dissolve these 28 states and carry out a proper process to establish federalism and viable states, period.

  • 14 October 2015 05:35, by dinkdong

    The YES cabinet. There is nothing they won’t approves to protect their job positions.

  • 14 October 2015 07:44, by Gabriel Ajak

    Mi diit,
    Who will make that plan B? Tell Machar to come to Juba so that he can make it for us.

    • 14 October 2015 08:26, by Frak Cho

      Mi dit, take it easy! Decentralization is just Federalism which diabolic Dr Riek Machar hijacked from the people’s demand since 1947 and claimed it to be his idea. Note Mi dit, there is nothing new in South Sudan that should be claimed by one man but rather what is there is implementation of people’s demand and that what your enemy President Salva Kiir did by giving ordering 28 states as requested

  • 14 October 2015 08:19, by Redeemer

    Mi Diit
    That is why sometimes you lack supporters because your vision is not giving relieve to the nation but suffering. Blocking ports is not of any good to South Sudanese, it is not Kiir as a person benefiting from Mombassa and Sudan ports, your desires are evil

  • 14 October 2015 09:01, by Eastern

    Wrong headline!

    It should have been: Kiir, Makuei and Lumoro approve creation of 28 states.

    I don’t know why these folks continue deceiving themselves that these fallacy of 28 states would work. The 28 states created unilaterally is a non-starter!

    • 15 October 2015 16:04, by kuac Agol

      The President (Salva) responded to the called of S.Sudanese and If you guys do not want to appreciate the President decision it would be up to you to choose going to Kenya or America because those Countries are calling him to revoke his decision for creating 28 states instead of 10 states, I would be happy if I see Mr. Eastern In the parliament of Uhuru Kenyatta as Senator for Nairobi Constituency

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