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Postponing unity government formation bad for S. Sudan: Kiir


October 31, 2019 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has said any move to extend the planned formation of the transitional government of national unity would be bad for the young nation.

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President Salva Kiir speaks at the army’s command council in Juba on October 31, 2019 (PPU photo)

Addressing the military command council at defence headquarters Thursday, Kiir said a unity government be formed by November 12.

The South Sudanese leader reportedly told the command council that he requested the country’s opposition leader Riek Machar to nominate the names of his delegates that are to be appointed in the would-be formed transitional government of the national unity, but that up to now he has not yet presented the list of his nominees.

Machar recently said he is unlikely to be part of the unity government unless some outstanding issues such as the security arrangements and issues to do with number of states are resolved.

The armed opposition leader’s latest position could jeopardize efforts to form a unity government as agreed upon by the parties in May.

On his part, the chief of the defence forces, Gen. Jok Riak re-assured citizens of the army’s commitment to adhere to their mandate of defending the people and the country during the transitional period.

He said the security situation across the country is stable accept it areas bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where forces loyal to Thomas Cirilo allegedly attacked government forces.

The command council conference was under the theme; “SSPDF transformation and challenges of implementing the R-ARCSS.”

The council is the army’s highest decision-making body that deliberates on how the country’s national army should operate.

South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy-turned rebel leader Machar of plotting a coup, allegations he denied.

In September last year, South Sudan’s arch-foes signed a revitalized peace agreement to end the country’s civil war that killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

The revitalized peace accord stipulates that there shall be a transitional government formed in South Sudan after eight months of a pre-transitional period for 36 months.


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  • 1 November 2019 10:12, by Pakuai

    Mr. Salva Kiir,
    No damn extension Mr. President. Tell Mr. Riek Machar and his goons to go home. We have been asking you to let us round up *anything that is connected evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Abeshas (so-called ethiopia), some of their Bantuses, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their UN, their sleazy NGOs, Indians, Pakistanis, et al>>>

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    • 1 November 2019 10:18, by Pakuai

      and be done with these vermins. Reasons pure HATRED and RACISM. We want ’a confrontation with the evils white Americans, English people, evil juus (so-called israelis), our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudaan, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), Mr. Abiye Ahmed was used by his handlers from the ’countries’ l always told you here losers on SUDAN TRIBUNE>>>>

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      • 1 November 2019 10:30, by Pakuai

        ’Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, Abiye Ahmed, Riek Machar, Thabo Mbeki, Paul Kagame of Rwanda (you were accused to have "plagiarized" Mr. Paul Kagame ’speech Mr. Loser’ by the evil juus (so-called israelis) you loser ’worships’. Mr. President. There we want a war. Retire and let the boys and girls of Eastern Bank of the Nile. Take care our of "the US, the UK, France (remember Fashoda incident)>>>

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        • 1 November 2019 10:44, by South South

          Kiir has an affinity to his country, Kiir has natural liking to his country and Kiir has sympathy to his country. Just go ahead and form government of national unity on November 12th. We are with you. Is Riek South Sudanese or Ethiopia citizen?

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          • 1 November 2019 10:57, by Games

            We told you that we had enough with your nonsense. Go ahead and forms your damn government by yourself. Leave us alone..

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            • 1 November 2019 11:05, by South South

              Woh, Woh, GAAR MA, nyagat. We are moving ahead with our government. If you want join us, if you are not willing to do that shut up.

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              • 1 November 2019 11:10, by Games

                South South/slaves
                You are behind on the events. Transition government was extended for another 6 months. Salva Kiir has just released $96 millions remaining for peace implementation. We will find you one by one idiots, Mark my words.

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                • 1 November 2019 11:13, by South South


                  GAAR MA, come and meet me at Pagak (I am laughing).

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                  • 1 November 2019 11:28, by Malakal county Simon

                    South south.

                    You’re truly a bone-Head who don’t read between the lines.. Go a head, form it with out the main opposition but it will not be recognise because it’s cannot be a unity government without Dr Machar.. Keep dancing but I’m sure Kiir will some how agree to more extension sooner or later..

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                    • 1 November 2019 11:32, by South South

                      Malakal county Simon,

                      We don’t care whether Riek joins November 12th government or not. He is not South Sudanese citizen. Riek is an Ethiopia citizen. Big and strong government will be formed by November 12th, in your face.

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                • 1 November 2019 13:47, by james john luka

                  You are ahead of event right? what a daydreamer!! 6 months extension! who told you? are you the decision maker?

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        • 1 November 2019 11:28, by Pakuai

          I am one of the boys who helped bombed our lowly ’informed Nuers ke nyantoc and their backers’ here out of Bortown, Baliet, Malakal and other villages. And I am again going to help bomb, our evil juus (so-called israelis), the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan,>>>>

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  • 2 November 2019 02:51, by Abeeno

    Dr.Riek Machar
    He take wrong direction since he had break away from the late of our Chairman Dr. John Garang and he is still do so. Apparently he seem to have lacking understanding the way how leadership style should be done in a smart way and not the way he is heading most of the time. If he doesn’t get it then, the world have been getting. One of the general in the SPLA did mention something ve

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  • 2 November 2019 03:03, by Abeeno

    Continue on November 12deadline
    I do remember when general speaking saying, Dr.Riek Machar don’t wants you Nuers people to lived in peaceful coexistence and the world have been clear this time, they wanted national unity government to be form without delaying. He should be showing his commitment and encouragement so that the peace will be achieved and the people move on as a nation.

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    • 2 November 2019 07:42, by Malakal county Simon


      Wake-up brother!! If you truly support this most wanted peace i called, then we must have a security arrangements, number of States resolves first and then a new government can be form afterwards. Reason, we dont want what’s happened in 2016 to repeat itself again.. May peace prevail in South Sudan..

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      • 2 November 2019 07:47, by Malakal county Simon


        Kiir consistently refused to finance the deal and until this time. Who’s at fault? Be sincere Judge

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  • 3 November 2019 08:54, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    It’s not bad sir. Those who are rushing to form the Unity Government are hypocrites

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