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Delayed completion of reconstituted parliament formation worries rights group

Juba, South Sudan, June 03, 2021 – A civil rights group has voiced concerns over the delayed completion of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA) by signatories to the agreement.

Delayed completion of reconstituted parliament formation worries rights group
Official Logo of the Centre for Peace Advocacy (photo credit: Courtesy)

The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) says while the reconstitution of parliament was a welcoming step, it has partly fulfilled the requirement by the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

“One of the branches of the R-TGoNU is both National and State Legislatures. Thus, the Revitalized Agreement requires the parties to reconstitute the two Legislatures on time as part of the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement,” it said in a statement extended to Nyamilepedia.

“However, the Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) as Rights body is concerned about the inordinate delays in the appointment of Council of States and State Legislative Assemblies and the delay in administering of the oath to the appointed members of the R-TNLA,” it added.

The CPA says it is further concerned about the long delays and silence of the parties to the agreement for keeping the citizens uninformed on why there is delay and what should be the way forward.

“In this respect, the CPA is calling on the Parties to the Revitalized Agreement (the R-ARCSS), particularly the Other Political Parties, which is comprising Alliance, Umbrella and Political Parties who participated at the HLRF and is headed by Hon. Peter Mayen Majongdit and the Incumbent TGoNU, which is comprising the former GRSS, the former SPLM/A-IO led by General Taban Deng Gai, and the Political Parties in TGoNU represented at the HLR headed by his Excellency, the President.

“The CPA regrets singling out the two Parties to the Revitalized Agreement (the R-ARCSS), that is, the Incumbent TGoNU and Other Political Parties but since there is overwhelming evidence that they are the ones with issues that are contributing to the delay in the full reconstitution of both National and State Parliaments, it is necessary for the sake of the public to know.

“The CPA, therefore, urges the two Parties to solve the issues connected to the Reconstitution of the National and State Parliaments and also to be mindful of the country and the welfare of the citizens,” it said.

CPA also reiterated its call on all parties to the Revitalized Agreement (the R-ARCSS) to stand above political interests and put public interest above all in order to save the country and citizens from lawlessness.

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