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South Sudan Dissolves Defunct Parliament and Council of States

Juba, South Sudan,

May 8, 2021 — South Sudan president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has this evening issued the long-awaited presidential decree dissolving the defunct Transitional National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States.

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

According to the republican decree that was read on the stated-owned SSBC this evening, Saturday, May 8th, 2021, president Salva Kiir has dissolved the parliament and is now ready to form the Revitalized Transitional National Legislative Assembly and Council of States that should have been formed over a year ago.

Specified in the Revitalized Agreement of the Resolutions of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCISS) that was signed on September 12, 2018 and should come to terms by September 12 this year, the new R-TNLA should be expanded to 550 members and constituted as per article 1.14.2  of the same agreement as follows:

1.14.2.1. Incumbent TGoNU: three hundred and thirty two (332) members.

1.14.2.2. SPLM/A-IO: one hundred and twenty eight (128) members.

1.14.2.3. SSOA: fifty (50) members.

1.14.2.4. OPP: thirty (30) members.

1.14.2.5. FDs: ten (10) members.

According to the article 1.14.3 of R-ARCISS, the Speaker of the R-TNLA shall be nominated by the TGoNU [IG], one Deputy Speaker shall be nominated by SPLM/A-IO, a second deputy, who shall be a woman, shall be nominated by the TGoNU [IG], and a third Deputy Speaker to be nominated by OPP.

With 550 members, one speaker and three deputy speakers, South Sudan’s Revitalized Transitional National Legislative Assembly will be one of the most complex parliaments in the world but whether it will deliver or not remains to be seen.

Emerging out of brutal conflicts, South Sudan remains at a crossroad under the leadership of president Kiir, First Vice President Machar and four deputy presidents, and clusters of barely controlled armies and militias.

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