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South Sudanese parties to reveal names for transitional ministers in two days


January 12, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese parties to the peace agreement signed in August 2015 will on Thursday for the first time reveal names of national ministers they have nominated to compose the membership of cabinet for a transitional government of national unity, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) announced on Tuesday.

SPLM-IO Chief Negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, leader of advance team, with David Deng Athorbei, chairman of national committee, hold a press conference in Juba airport upon arrival on Monday, 21 December 2015 (ST Photo)

In meeting on Tuesday with participation of all partis to the peace agreement chaired by JMEC chairman, former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, the parties also agreed to allow unimpeded humanitarian access to all parts of the country.

The government, SPLM in opposition, former detainees and other South Sudan political parties selected their respective ministerial portfolios last week. The exercise, seen as a breakthrough in implementing the peace agreement, was done through consensus.

The parties have not yet nominated their officials who will fill the selected positions of institutions, but this would now happen on Thursday.

“The Parties committed to naming their ministers for the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) by 14 January 2016, and that the TGoNU would be formed by 22 January 2016, as provided for in the implementation calendar issued earlier by JMEC,” said a statement from JMEC extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

“Additionally, the Parties committed to the expeditious convening of the Strategic Defence and Security Review Board, to begin the vital process of security sector reform and transformation provided for in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan,” the statement added.

TGoNU will run for thirty months as a coalition government before elections will take place at the end of the transitional period in 2018..

JMEC added that the transitional government of national unity will be sworn in on 22 January, 2016.

Former vice-president and first vice-president designate, Riek Machar, is expected to return to the national capital, Juba, for formation of the government. It however remains unclear whether his forces will be deployed in the capital for his security before his arrival.


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  • 13 January 2016 06:08, by Lorolokin

    What is new here since it is the same Kiir and Riek in the system, do you guys think that they are going to make life easy for the general public with regards to the economic situation ?
    Otherwise with both in the system we will continue to pay the price as the say goes that when two elephants fight it is the grass that suffer.
    God help us out.

    • 13 January 2016 06:56, by Mi diit

      I can see a dangerous game being repeated in Juba.

      Kiir is planning to do a more genocide in Juba once for all and SPLM-IO and JMEC are not seeing this luring in to harm game.

      It will be a VERY big mistake if Dr. Riek Machar will be taken to Juba like a sacrificial lamb without his forces.

      Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) would celebrate his unprotected arrival and declare the game is OVER.

      • 13 January 2016 13:18, by Eastern

        Mi diit,

        Let Macher go back to Juba for the implementation of the ARCISS to move forward; the implementation MUST not be pegged on an individual. South Sudan is BIGGER than ANY individual. Let’s move on with the implementation.

    • 13 January 2016 08:26, by Johndumo14

      Oh Dr Riek is better not to go back to Juba this time,Deng Gai can do the job,remember in the bible Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.The Job which is given to you as 1st VP will get rid of you ,no matter how many body guards you may have!! The blood of people you killed(murdered)directetly or indirectley are still crying for justice!!

  • 13 January 2016 08:43, by Big Head

    Midit, your evil Machar’s life is worst than those he killed during 1991 and 2013...let him fellow if God can allow.

    • 13 January 2016 15:32, by Eastern

      Small head,

      You must know that small head is bad for humans (brain size matters!!!). SPLM-iO, SPLM-FD and other political parties have clipped Kiir’s wings (powers). Please accept the truth. Join me for a coffee at Juba Raha!!!

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