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NDM blames South Sudan’s Kiir for SSOA failure to agree on vice-president


February 21, 2020 (JUBA) - The National Democratic Movement (NDM) of Lam Akol on Friday blamed President Salva Kiir for the failure of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) to nominate a candidate for the post of vice president.

South Sudan’s Salva Kiir greets Rebecca Nyandeng Garang during the 64th Veterans Day celebrations in Juba, September 5, 2019 (PPU)

On Friday, Kiir appointed First Vice-President Riek Machar and three other vice- presidents, except the fourth vice-president who should be nominated by the SSOA.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, NDM Spokesman David Lawrence Lual said they rejected to authorize President Kiir to pick one of the SSOA leaders for the position as it was requested by a government delegation.

"As a matter of principle, the choice of a position belonging to SSOA cannot be made by another Party to the Agreement. For sure, the Party making the choice will put its interest first. Article 1.5.2 gives the parties to the agreement the right to choose their own candidates," said Lual.

He said since the beginning of the consultations within the alliance, some SSOA leaders came with the idea that they should submit a list to the President who will choose one of them for the position of vice-president.

However, despite their refusal, a government delegation discussing with SSOA the issue of Ministerial allocations on Friday came and asked them to sign the same list of the SSOA candidates for the position authorizing the President to select the SSOA nominee for the post.

The position of Vice President for the SSOA was the source of several frictions and rifts within the divided group in the past.

Some of the SSOA leaders say that this position should be given to Bahr el-Ghazal region pointing that already the Equatoria and the Upper Nile are represented at the Presidency.

Nonetheless, the NDM spokesperson said they proposed to "discuss first the criteria required to be satisfied by each candidate. Then on the basis of these criteria, a well-informed choice can be made".

In line with the peace pact, the SSOA has one vice president, three national ministers and a state minister, and 50 lawmakers at the appointed transitional parliament.


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  • 22 February 12:28, by james john luka

    SSOA had been fighting for leadership since 2018, was it Kiir problem? Dr. Lam Akol should accept weakness of their own Coalition not to look for escape goat. Leaders like himself are not fit for partnership due to their dictatorial tendencies.

    • 23 February 02:19, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Lam Akol, please shut up and join the agreement. You do not have a vision and objectives for South Sudan. Why are you crying? We, the South Sudanese do not need 4 Vice Presidents. We need to eliminate all the other 2 vice presidents and honor only Machar as legitimate Vice President. How much money do the president and Vice Presidents of South Sudan get pay monthly? Can someone provide this info?

  • 22 February 19:49, by Amazing

    these are the people who would like to sabotage the peace process. Salvakiller must avoid them.

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