Juba, South Sudan, 26 May 2021 – The government of South Sudan has made an overhaul to its five-member delegation to the Pan African Parliament as the country makes headway to the full implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.
In a letter addressed to Vipya Harawa, the Clerk of the Pan African Parliament in Johannesburg, South Africa earlier this month, the government sought the necessity to reconstitute the delegation following the recent parliamentary reform in Juba.
“The Revitalized National Transitional Legislative Assembly of the Republic of South Sudan presents its compliments to the Pan African Parliament and has the honour to inform the latter of a decision to reconstitute the South Sudan delegation to the Pan African Parliament,” Makuc Makuc Ngong, the Clerk of Parliament in the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly wrote.
The delegation includes Ambassador Albino Mathom Ayuel Abough, who is a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement –in Government (SPLM-IG) and will be the leader of the delegation.
Other members Ambassador Emmanuel Lowilla, Doman Gatpang Kulang, Sophia Pal Gai from SPLM-IG, and Mabior Riiny Lual, Head of opposition from the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA).
Makuc said the new members of the delegation were nominated in compliance with the relevant protocol and chapters guiding the establishment of the Pan African Parliament.
“The new members of the South Sudan delegation to the PAP is in line with the articles 4 and 5 of the protocol to the treaty establishing the African economic community of the African Union relating to the Pan African Parliament,” he wrote,
“It [the list] includes parliamentarians from the ruling party and opposition as well as a female representation,” he added.
The Pan-African Parliament, also known as the African Parliament, is the legislative body of the African Union that held its inaugural session in March 2004. The Parliament exercises oversight and has advisory and consultative powers, lasting for the first five years.
South Sudan has restructured its parliament earlier this month in line with the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan.
The new parliament has embarked on a three-day permanent constitution-making process expected to bring about general elections in 2023.