Juba, South Sudan,
July 03, 2021 – President Salva Kiir has announced the reconstitution of the Council of State to enable a functional national legislature.
Kiir issued a Republic decree Saturday evening appointing members to the Revitalized Transitional Council of Ministers, which is the upper house.
In a statement extended to Nyamilepedia, the members of the Council of Ministers were appointed from different political parties signatories to the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement, replacing members who have been serving since 2010.
President Kiir dissolved the Transitional National Legislative Assembly(RTNLA) in May and reconstituted the new Revitalized Transitional National Legislative Assembly within two days.
But despite the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly was in May, the swearing-in of the appointed members to the Revitalized Transitional National Legislative Assembly has stalled.
Since the dissolution of the two houses over the last two months, the unity government has been operating without a legislature. This, analysts say, has made the implementation of critical laws and the passing of national budgets difficult.
The appointment of the Council of Ministers today has brought full legitimacy to the Parliament as per the Peace Agreement signed on 12th September 2018.
The move by Kiir followed a call from the Interim Chairman of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) on signatories to the Revitalized Peace Agreement to expedite the complete reconstitution of the assembly.