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South Sudan expedites efforts to enact new constitution

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November 20, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese cabinet has approved a draft constitution that will pave way for the young nation to enact a new constitution in line with the August 2015 peace agreement, the head of peace monitors said Monday.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir holds the Transitional Constitution on July 9, 2011 (AP)

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) head, Festus Mogae said government has approved the constitutional amendment bill expected to be endorsed by Parliament next month.

"JMEC welcomes this significant progress and I urge the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) to expedite the ratification of the amendments to the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan," he told a stakeholders’ plenary meeting.

South Sudan, according to the 2015 peace agreement, is to have in place a new constitution 18 months after the formation of its coalition government.

The constitution, Mogae said, lays a firm foundation for progress in the establishment of all the institutions and mechanisms provided for in the agreement.
The former Botswana President, however, decried the continued violations of the unilateral ceasefire declared by President Salva Kiir.

"I condemn all incidents of violence and again call on the warring factions to cease all hostilities and abuses immediately," he said.

Mogae also condemned acts of sexual and gender-based violence perpetrated by uniformed men in South Sudan’s Yei River state.

Meanwhile, South Sudan government is committed to the implementation of a new constitution, its cabinet affair minister said.

The young nation is also engaging the African Union about the establishment of a hybrid court to try individuals or groups accused of committing atrocities during the civil war, said Martin Elia Lomuro.

Violence broke out in South Sudan in December 2013 when a political disagreement within the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) triggered a civil war along ethnic lines.

However, a peace deal signed in August 2015 between the country’s rival leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to pave way for the establishment of a government in April has failed to make impact.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and over 2 million displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence since it seceded from Sudan in July 2011.

(ST)

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  • 21 November 2017 06:42, by Landlord

    South Sudan does not understand what constitution means for a country, is this not a wasting of time and resources. you don’t respect constitution mr. president. there is nothing you can do to gain reputation again except resignation from the office.

  • 21 November 2017 07:00, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Great starts. Make sure to put a limit into president terms. Second, remove all president’s executive orders to a point governors or representatives and other government workers. Third, let all governors, representatives, and other government officials be elected by the citizens. Finally, separation of powers, and bill of rights.

    • 21 November 2017 08:24, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Dinka defender General- I strongly belief the above mention things are there in the constitution with exceptional the elections of governors, the constitution just need to embrace these south Sudanese multiculturalism in respect to the citizenship rights and proct....

      • 22 November 2017 15:45, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Rual, how many years for a president to stay in the office or how many terms? I did not see it when I read the Constitution. Please forward to me. Thank you.

  • 21 November 2017 10:56, by DKOne

    "The good question should be" will that constitutional amendment serve the interest of the people or will it serves only the interest of those with special interest in South Sudan?

    • 22 November 2017 13:36, by deng

      No ,it will not serve people of South Sudan because leaders in South Sudan are above Constitution and laws, how it serve when no one respect laws



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