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IGAD exerts pressure on parties to swear-in parliamentary appointees

Juba, South Sudan,

June 26, 2021 – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers has called the R-TGONU to speed up the swearing-in of the newly appointed Members of Parliament.

IGAD exerts pressure on parties to swear-in parliamentary appointees
IGAD facilities seen before a sitting to discuss the swearing-in of South Sudan newly-appointed Members of Parliament (photo courtesy: Facebook)

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) was reconstituted in May this year after dissolving it through a presidential decree but its members are yet to take the oath of office.

The reconstitution of the Council of States which is the upper house is also pending, raising questions on a willingness by parties to complete the establishment of the new parliament.

In a statement extended to Nyamilepedia, on Thursday at the 72nd Extra-ordinary Session of IGAD Council of Ministers, the regional security and trade bloc congratulated the signatories for expanding and reconstituting the TNLA.

However, it called on the transitional government to expedite the swearing-in of members of the assembly as soon as possible.

The resolution of the meeting also recommended the unity government to expedite the reconstitution of the Council of States, the State Legislature and conclude the restructuring and reconstitution of Institutions and Commissions at the national level.

According to the revitalized peace agreement signed in 2018, these provisions should have already been accomplished since 2020 in line with the due date as stipulated because they are in the first chapter of the agreement but due to intransigency and lack of political commitment of some partners, not so much has been accomplished.

The Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity was formed in February 2020 and has been operating without a parliament, raising concerns on accountability as there is no legal institution to offer checks and balances.

Parties have been expressing displeasure over the nomination of members with some submitting that their members were appointed without prior consultation and hence the list of appointees should be amended.

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