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South Sudan: New deadlock over petroleum ministry

Photo: Kiir Machar meeting in Juba today

March 7th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan parties have reached a new deadlock over who takes the ministry of petroleum, a senior opposition official said on Saturday.

This comes days after reports that the parties reached and agreement on the division of ministries which initially said the ministry, along defense, had been allocated to the SPLM-IO.

Speaking to Nyamilepedia, the senior opposition official said on condition of anonymity that the SPLM-IG said it should take the petroleum ministry because oil-rich Upper Nile state had been taken by the main armed opposition group.

“The government has come up with the ministry of petroleum. This is because, according to the government, the SPLM-IO was given the Upper Nile state,” the opposition official said from Juba.

“Today, we are also sitting on the issue to make sure that the government is formed and the country moves on,” he added.

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