South Sudan opposition groups suspends outcome of Gen. Peter Gatdet’s election as SSOA Chairman

Members of the SSOA faction led by Gabriel Changson Chang posts for a photo after meeting to reject the outcome of the meeting which elected Gen. Peter Gatdet as the new interim leader of the SSOA (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

December 5th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – Opposition groups forming the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) previously led by Gabriel Changson Lew have suspended the outcome of the election held last week which resulted in the selection of Gen. Peter Gatdet Yaka as the SSOA Chairman.

Groups constituting the South Sudan Opposition Alliance last week held a meeting to appoint a new interim leadership of the South Sudan (SSOA) which is suppose to take place every six months according to the alliance’s charter.

In the process, Gen. Peter Gatdet Yaka was elected by five votes against three for Changson, the previous leader of the alliance and became the interim chairman, an outcome sharply protested by Changson and some groups within the alliance.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Lew and other members said they have decided to suspend the outcome of the meeting which elected Gen. Peter Gatdet as the new SSOA leader succeeding Changson.

“Following the dispute that emerged during the meeting (of 30 November), SSOA leadership in a meeting held on 04th December 2018 unanimously agreed to suspend the outcome of the said meeting,” a statement issued by the groups rejecting Gatdet said on Tuesday.

The statement further said the group will work ‘amicably’ to solve all the disagreement which it said had emerged between fellow members of the SSOA during the meeting held in the Sudanese capital last week.

“In the meantime, the Interim Leadership will collectively continue to administer the affairs of SSOA and work amicably towards resolution of all the concerns and within the shortest time possible,” the statement further said.

The statement was signed by Gabriel Changson Chang (FDP/SSAF), Khalid Butros Bora (NAS), Josephine Lagu Yanga (PDM), Joseph B. Bakasoro (SSNMC), Hussein Abdelbagi Akol (SSPM), Bapiny Monytuil Wejang (SSLM).

Other groups like the South Sudan United Movement (SSUM) of Peter Gatdet and the National Democratic Movement (NDM) led by Dr. did not however signed the agreement.