Home | News    Saturday 11 June 2016

Aweil East state new constitution restricts marriageable age

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 10, 2016 (JUBA) - Members of parliament in the newly created Aweil East state, one of the controversial proposed 28 states in South Sudan, have approved a new constitution that restricts marriageable age in the state.

People displaced in Northern Bahr El Ghazal state by alleged SAF bombings in 2012 (Office of the Aweil North county commissioner/File)

This came after a committee tasked with reviewing the previous constitution of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state from which the new Aweil East state was curved out, agreed to insert a provision in the new constitution to regulate marriageable age.

In the new constitution, the committee suggested that the “full age means the age of 20 years and above” and specifies that “any woman who is married shall be deemed to be of full age.”

Daniel Akol Diing, former parliamentary affairs minister, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that the parliament had unanimously passed the new constitution after conducting public hearings to gather the views of the people on what should be marriageable age for ladies and young men in the state.

“The members have passed the new constitution. There are two important provisions. One is the provision which restricts the marriageable age for ladies to 20 years and 25 years for gents,” said Diing.

“Another important provision is the one that talks about age at which a person should have reached to be a member of parliament. This particular provision applies to the male. For anyone aspiring to be a member of parliament, the person must have reached 25 years to qualify,” he explained.

Aweil East is one of the new states created through a unilateral and controversial presidential establishment order in which president Salva Kiir in October 2015 dissolved the state governments and increased the number of states to 28 from 10.

Opposition factions and international partners said this was in violation of August 2015 peace agreement which President Kiir signed with armed opposition and other stakeholders to end more than two years conflict.

The peace deal was signed on the basis of the ten states.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


False escape of Peter Biar Ajak from South Sudan to America 2020-08-07 15:58:45 By Steve Paterno In a dramatic fashion, Peter Biar Ajak, a South Sudanese political dissident, wrote an opinion article in World Street Journal (WSJ), published on July 23, 2020, the same day he (...)

How we can construct a shared vision for South Sudan’s future? 2020-08-01 09:21:58 David Nyuol Vincent To craft a shared vision for the future of South Sudan is difficult but not impossible. To surpass the perilous situation in which we are in now, we need to learn to (...)

Establish capable security force in Darfur 2020-08-01 07:43:40 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The Darfur region is destined to continue bleeding. Those who believe in that openly say whether Omer Al-Bashir is still in the rule of Sudan or deposed, the region of (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.