South Sudan parties finally agree on cabinet division

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 9th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – The parties to the South Sudan Peace agreement on Thursday agreed on Cabinet portfolio balance, and will now be expected to name ministers and their deputies as the government gets down to work.

Dr Riek Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) got the key ministries of Defense, Petroleum and Mining.

The faction will also control the ministries of Energy and Dams; Health, Water Resources; Federal Affairs; Gender, Child, Social Welfare and nearly created ministry of Peace; will also have three deputies in Cabinet Affairs; Interior and Finance and Planning ministries, and get governorship of the Lakes States; Eastern Equatoria and Upper Nile (Malakal).

SPLM-IO—which was assigned nine Cabinet posts and three deputies—last week delayed the formation of the transitional government of national unity (TGoNU) Cabinet when it protested that President Salva Kiir’s faction wanted to allocate itself all the key ministries.

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