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S. Sudan ruling party factions to hold re-unification meeting

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April 7, 2018 (JUBA) – The three different factions of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) are due to hold a reunification meeting in the capital, Juba on 19 April, a senior coalition government official said on Thursday.

South Sudan’s vice-president, James Wani Igga (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

James Wani Igga, the country’s vice president, said the Juba meeting will bring together the fractured factions of South Sudan’s ruling party.

Igga, also the deputy chairperson of the SPLM faction led by President Salva Kiir, said the SPLM-In-Opposition leader, Riek Machar and former SPLM Secretary General, Pagan Amum, who is now a member of the country’s former political detainees were all invited.

Sudan Tribune was unable to confirm if rebel leader Machar, who is currently detained in South Africa, will attend the 19 April meeting in Juba.

In January 2015, delegates from three factions of the SPLM party signed a 12-page agreement in Arusha, Tanzania, laying out key steps toward reunifying the party.

Those who signed include the party loyal to President Salva Kiir, the SPLM-in-Opposition and which is led by former vice president Riek Machar, and a third made up of party officials who were detained when the conflict began in December 2013.

The SPLM, South Sudan’s ruling party, was initially founded as the political wing of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). The party, in the aftermath of the civil war that broke out in the country in mid-December 2013, split into the SPLM-Juba faction headed by Kiir, SPLM-IO led by Machar and that of the ex-political detainees.

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  • 8 April 2018 11:27, by Games

    They have nothing to do but Repeatedly same nonsenses. Why reunification is a first priority, while citizens are dying daily in the hands of that so called rulling party?

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  • 8 April 2018 20:04, by lino

    Just a general consumption statement!!! I am doubting if this going to happened. Even the Foriegn Minister will not attend this time, as he was the only one representing the FD Group!!!
    All are focusing on revitalization process! Succeed on this front first before jumping on another wagon!!!

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  • 9 April 2018 13:00, by Kenyang ll

    An opportunity to prioritize SPLM reunification was missed in Arusha Tanzania in 2014 and Addis Ababa Ethiopia in 2015. We can’t dial the clock back but we can adjust it to start reading correctly going forward. To do that, President Kiir MUST GO and brand new, inclusive temporary administration set up.

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  • 9 April 2018 13:02, by Kenyang ll

    ....
    It’s this temporary administration to conduct and arrange for fair (first) elections within a year and put forth temporary and structures for permanent constitution. Salva Kiir as an ordinary citizen has every right to run for that election.

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  • 9 April 2018 13:24, by Kenyang ll

    Anything which leave that incapacitated President there can’t and will never bring genuine peace. Nothing can be different with same old incompetent, insecure Kiir Mayar with same obsolete decrees on national TV which brought this war in the first place. To end this nightmare, total overhaul and full dismantling current regime is the best way forward.

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