IGAD Calls on President Kiir to Dissolve Defunct Parliament

South Sudan President Kiir speaks to parliament in 2015 (Fie photo)

South Sudan President Kiir speaks to parliament in 2015 (Fie photo)

April 23, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — The IGAD Council of Ministers held its 71st Extra-Ordinary Session today, on the 23rd April 2020, via zoom video conference, under the chairpersonship of H.E. Asma Abdalla, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan to deliberate on the status of implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

The Council of Ministers, Special envoys and ambassadors noted with concern the continuity of the defunct NTLA and calls on president Salva Kiir to dissolve the old parliament and reconstitute a new one under the current peace agreement.

“Noted with concern delays in the completion of some important pre-transitional tasks such as the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA); and in this regard, urged the President of the Republic to dissolve the incumbent TNLA before 30th April 2020, and called upon the Parties to reconstitute the TNLA in accordance with the R-ARCSS within ten (10) days of the dissolution of the incumbent TNLA” Read the communique in parts.

The old parliament, which has been quite for sometimes, broke its silence recently when it tried to summon the Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Hon. Angelina Teny, who instead fired back that the parliament has no mandate to be conducting businesses.

It is not clear what will happen if it is not dissolve within this time frame.

So far the parties have done very little to salvage the peace agreement.

Two months are gone since the presidency was constituted in February but a lot more remain to be done.

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