Kiir dismiss chairman of SPLM parliamentary caucus, name successor

Former chairman of SPLM Parliamentary caucus and chief whip Atem Garang (File photo)

Former chairman of SPLM Parliamentary caucus and chief whip Atem Garang (File photo)

June 12th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s President and Chairman of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) havs on Tuesday sacked the chairman of the SPLM parliamentary caucus, Atem Garang, through a decree issued on the state-run South Sudan TV.

Atem Garang tendered his resignation recently as the chief whip of the South Sudan parliament following disagreement with legislators who wanted to increase salaries affected by the current civil war.

Last week, the Radio Tamazuj quoted Atem Garang as saying he would withdraw his resignation after an outcry by colleagues but Nyamilepedia could not establish as of now whether Atem resigned completely or withdrew his resignation.

The decree did not mention any reason for the dismissal of the lawmaker but would likely be due to his resignation.

He was replaced with Stephen Ajongo as the new head of the parliamentary caucus and the chief whip in the Parliament.

South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 after forces loyal to the country’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardiit and his then Governor of Northern Bahr Al-Ghazal State Gen. Paul Malong Awan went door-to-door in the capital Juba killing civilians belonging to the Nuer ethnic group sparking a nation-wide protests from top army generals from the Nuer leading to a civil war.

A peace agreement signed in August 2015 by President Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar and negotiated under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU) in presence of Troika and other international observers collapsed in July 2016 following fighting at the presidential palace in Juba “J1” reportedly after President Kiir ordered a failed attempt to arrest the SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar.

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