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S. Sudan president, first deputy meet as deadlock on ministries continue

The president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, right, and Dr. Riek Machar, left, greet each other after swearing in ceremony in Juba, South Sudan Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. South Sudan opened a new chapter in its fragile emergence from civil war Saturday as rival leaders formed a coalition government that many observers prayed would last this time around. (AP Photo)

March 3rd 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, and his first deputy Dr. Riek Machar met on Tuesday as deadlock on allocation of ministries continue to block the formation of the revitalized unity government.

The meeting between Kiir and Machar at the state house J1 this afternoon came hours after a senior SPLM-IO official said the deadlock over the division of the ministries may continue for weeks “because the government want to take key ministries” such as defense, finance and petroleum.

“The President of the Republic, H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit met with the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and the Deputy Chairman of the Sudanese Sovereign Council Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo Hemeti at the State House on Tuesday,” the presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement said Kiir and Machar “discussed the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity.”

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