February 1st 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit said on Friday that his country will have a new government by February 12th, the deadline agreed upon with opposition groups in November 2019.
Kiir made the remark during a press conference with his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa who for his part expressed his government’s support for South Sudan leaders in their bid to end the ongoing civil war.
“By February 12th, a new government will be formed in South Sudan so that our people feel the peace which they have been yielding for the last six years,” Kiir said.
There are currently concerns whether the transitional government of national unity will be form as main opposition groups have expressed reservation on the action because all the outstanding issues supposed to be implemented during the pre-transitional period are not resolved.
The main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, has said there is need for the determination of the number and boundaries of states and the establishment of the unified national army before the unity government is formed.
Other opposition groups such as the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) have expressed the same stance.
The SPLM-IO have also called for deployment of a regional force they initially called for in 2016 when fighting erupted in the capital Juba leading to collapse of a 2015 peace agreement.