July 4th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The United States government said on Wednesday that South Sudan’s government will not be recognized as legitimate by the United States, allies and the world should it extend its term for an additional three years rather than using the current peace efforts to legitimize itself.
South Sudan’s Justice Minister on Tuesday presented a draft proposal that seek to extend the term of President Salva Kiir and that of the parliament itself, almost three years after similar move resulted in a controversy.
Speaking to government officials at his official residence in Juba on Tuesday night, which marked the 242nd United States Independence anniversary, the United States Ambassador to Juba, Thomas Hushek, said the efforts by the South Sudan government to extend its term through military and legislative or premature elections will not lead to a lasting peace in South Sudan.
“The short cut for unilateral efforts by the government to extend its term in the office by legislative or military means or be a premature elections, will not lead to a lasting peace or be recognized as legitimate by the world or by the people of South Sudan,” he told the high-level official gathering.
He said the government that is of the people is that kind of the government that is elected by the people themselves.
“The government by the people means that all citizens have the opportunity to exercise their duties as a citizen and to participate in free and fair elections” he further said.