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Lam Akol distances himself from Abdelbagi’s appointment as vice-president


February 24, 2020 (JUBA) - The National Democratic Movement (NDM) of Lam Akol distanced itself from the appointment of Abdelbagi Hussein as Vice-President saying by doing so President Salva Kiir violated the revitalized peace agreement.

Hussein Abdelbagi takes oath of office as vice-president on 23 Feb 2020 (ST photo)

Five of six South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) leaders agreed to refer the choice of the fourth vice-president from their group to President Kiir as they failed to nominate him by unanimity as provided in the peace pact.

In a meeting held with Kiir and the participation of the head of Sudan Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the five leaders confirmed their decision and Lam Akol reiterated his rejection to give refer the choice of their candidate to the President and demanded more time.

"NDM would want to declare that it was not part of the decision to refer the matter to President Salva Kiir," said David Lawrence Lual in a statement issued during the first hours of Monday.

"And since decisions of SSOA are taken by unanimity it is not bound by the decision and its outcome. And therefore the action taken by President Salva Kiir is a clear violation of Article 1.5.2 of the R- ARCSS," stressed Lual.

The official Sudan News Agency Sunday said al-Burhan "actively contributed to reaching a compromise" between the SSOA leaders on Saturday and Sunday.


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  • 24 February 07:12, by Ram Mi Ran

    Dr.Lam Akol is right but you don’t have any other choice rather than accepting the Dinka appointed vice president.
    South Sudan will only be free when freedom reign in the Republic of South Sudan. You either join this formed government or mobilize fight with the government

    • 24 February 08:55, by South South

      Lam Akol is shit, he’s dying to be vice president and now he missed it, he will keep crying and point fingers to others. People need to move on. Our country is our country and a little guy like Lam will not stop us from moving. Let’s cry as he wants, end of the game.

    • 24 February 10:16, by Joyuma John

      south Sudanese political parties particularly SSOA and for that matter Lam Akol are now looking for the scapegoat on the appointment of Akol Agany as VP, they want to blame Kiir for nothing, Lam was not selected by the group and wants to shift the matter on kiir, where is kiir here now, let Lam Akol wait for a position of a minister period.

      • 24 February 12:04, by james john luka

        Desperate for leadership!! Where is common sense here? five out of six have spoken and yet he is still complaining and asking for more time.

  • 24 February 19:30, by Mayendit

    To:You can see what I had been telling you all times. Dr.Lam Akol and Riek Machar have nothing in their minds than leadership and divisiveness politics. Lam Akol had sold out Nuers people in a way that, the Nuers people are not stood it. In the break out fighting in 1991,he was the one who told Riek Machar to do so. He is the man of interest and he is also the greed leadership since he was teachi

  • 24 February 19:43, by Mayendit

    Continue: computer is stupid. It change my words and again. To: You South Sudanese people, I have been telling you all times that, Lam Akol and Riek Machar have nothing in their minds than hatred, poorly leadership, divisiveness politics. In politics, if you can’t fit well then,you must quit politics just like Bonan Malwal Madut, he had tried but he didn’t fitted and finally he quitting politics

    • 25 February 08:10, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Lam should know that the position doesn’t belong to UPPernile. we people of need to learn how to share and be appreciative of what is given to us. it would a shame if all Vice presidential positions go to UPPernile.

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