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SPLM-IO welcomes Machar’s appointment as South Sudan’s First Vice President


February 12, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – The armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) said the Thursday’s appointment of their chairman as South Sudanese First Vice President has come as a “surprise” but “welcomed” the move as a step forward in the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August last year.

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar smiles during a news conference in Khartoum, on September 18, 2015 (ST Photo)

In a presidential decree number 60 read on the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Thursday evening, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir appointed the top armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, as First Vice President of the country in accordance with the power sharing provisions in the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).

The peace agreement has stipulated that President Kiir will appoint a First Vice President who will be a nominee of the SPLM-IO.

Kiir in an earlier decree number 59 removed James Wani Igga from the position of Vice President and reappointed him to the position of (second) Vice President, falling junior to Machar.

Machar’s Press Secretary James Gatdet Dak when contacted for reaction to the news of the appointment said they welcomed it.

“We welcome the move. It is a step forward in the implementation of the peace agreement. The rushed appointment has however come as a surprise. We thought my Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of SPLM/SPLA (IO), Comrade Dr. Riek Machar, should have arrived in Juba first before the appointment is issued,” Dak said on Thursday evening.

“We hope President Kiir will not come up with another rushed surprise by forming a national unity government without my Chairman in Juba. He should also wait for the list of our nominated 10 ministers which our Chairman should submit in person in Juba,” he added.

Dak said the next step should now be for President Kiir’s administration to support the opposition faction in transporting the nearly 3,000 elements of joint police and military forces to the national capital, Juba, so that Machar can travel to the capital to form the unity government.

He added it may not take less than two weeks before the forces can arrive in Juba.

Observers however say the coming of the opposition forces to Juba is serious test to the government on the peace deal with senior political and military leaders opposed to the implementation of the security arrangements in the capital.


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  • 12 February 2016 05:51, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Nuer, are celebrating the appointment of Riek Machar.

    • 12 February 2016 06:12, by Mi diit

      Yes Nuer are peace lovers and want to end this senseless war created by Salva Kiir.

      The Nuer also respect the peace agreement and want to implement it.

      Equatorians should take the position of the speaker of parliament also as proposed during peace talks by SPLM-IO.

      This is in addition to the VP position of Igga.

      But please get a strong Equatorian parliament speaker!

      • 12 February 2016 06:15, by Mi diit

        Now what will the poor Malong Awan say and his Jieng Council of Evils (JCE).

        I heard Kuol Manyang is resigning because his duty has been grabbed by Kiir’s homeboy Paul Malong Awan.

        A crisis from within!

        • 12 February 2016 09:09, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

          Mi Midiit,
          Paul Malong Awan, will oust Riek Machar, that’s only step remained.

      • 12 February 2016 15:43, by Force 1

        This mistake will be minimum!

    • 12 February 2016 08:06, by Akuma

      No more blame now because South Sudan President Salva Kiir as acted in good faith to implement peace agreement with dissident Riek Machar that why he is appointed to be 1st Vice President of the Republic, the country he betray for long. Time for Riek to shown up in Juba urgently.

  • 12 February 2016 05:53, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Equartorian, should take over national parliament speaker,

    • 12 February 2016 06:01, by Lorolokin

      Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Bro,we are tire of all these mess brought to this country by both Kiir and Machar. we Equatorian are civilized people the whole world know this, we care less in position but more for human being.
      Cows mentality has failed this nation.

      • 12 February 2016 06:16, by Son of Ngundeng

        Lorokin, Yaa Nyam Nyam,

        You called us cows mentality because you are loser and cowardice tribe, since during the war you had done nothing, does why you call us cattle keepers we will still lead you till to the death, no nyam nyam will lead us.

        We are welcome the appointment of our leader Machar,
        Good move from president kiir.

        Son of prophet
        currently in Fagak GHQs

        • 12 February 2016 06:39, by jubaone

          Ya nyagat wieu Son of Ngungdeng,

          Even Machar, your head nyagat will still come to Juba and not Pagak. Equatorians can do without the jienges as well as nyagats. Equatorians accommodate, feed, cloth and civilize both nyagats and jienges whose lives are built on food. Indeed, nyagats like food and they are the nyam nyam which means food-Lovers, ya nyagat wieu

      • 12 February 2016 07:03, by Big Head

        Dear Lorolokin,

        thanks for your superb rejoinder, yes are civilized but that doesn’t mounted to cows.
        Anyway we all need peace in our country, but people like Midit and Son of Malakala should know that they were not they one who negotiated speaker-ship for equatorians, they always rebelled when Equatorian come to high positions...they are one against equatorians.

    • 12 February 2016 06:15, by Eastern

      That’s pretty obvious but not one that has been compromised by dinkocracy. We need true Equatorian, through and through.

      • 12 February 2016 07:01, by Mi diit

        Hey, hey, hey...Son of Ngundeng and Jubaone, etc., don’t forget that there is a permanent ceasefire between Nuer and Equatorians, although weak leaders like Wani Igga and Magok Rundial, who are Equatorian-Wew and Nuer-wew, are unfortunately leading those in Juba.

        Equatorians are as victims as Nuer. So your fate is the same and should liberate yourselves united.

  • 12 February 2016 05:57, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Top position is ended with Machar, no more once again because, the more they give, is the more they rebelled. Stop and Stop.

  • 12 February 2016 06:22, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:

    One of my best friend told me the airport this morning is full of JCE Elements leaving the country, and many Awielian are leaving for Awiel, due to the security reason, Bona Malual left the country to khartoum yesterday and son of Kerbino Kuanyien left too.
    Our coming is not a war we are coming for peace no need to run.

    Son of Prophet
    currently in Fagak GHQs.

    • 12 February 2016 07:38, by Khent

      Son of ngundeng

      Typical Near delusions. No one is leaving Juba, you dumb animal. The people of Aweil do not fear anyone, let alone people that were used by Khartoum for decades. Aweil did not fear Khartoum, so why should they fear the servants of Khartoum?

    • 12 February 2016 14:31, by The rock

      Ya lying man, Awiel can never leave Malong behind and leave may what comes. What makes ya think Dinka can run from yall? Ya eventually left Juba because of Awiel and Dinka and ya coming back because of a Aditya decree of appointing Riek as 1st VI n ya know he can reverse it back anytime like what happens to Pagan. ..It’s so fuckin easy to do that when ya guys are here.

  • 12 February 2016 08:32, by Thondet Manyang

    Can you stop the shits and talk peace. Your comments show your stupidity. I thought we(youth) should work to bring changes instead of supporting blindly. Same faces always! Kiir or Riek aren’t our permanent leaders. In case you become our leader today with all this tribal trauma, can you lead well?South Sudan needs new leaders. Now, are you justifying that you can’t. Iam sorry for tribalists.Shame

  • 12 February 2016 09:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Riek Machar, is not a new person in government, he is already a poor in leadership since he was a deputy president.

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