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SPLM/A-IO and SSOA wants reconstitution of RTNLA and State governments finalized

Dec 23, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s main armed oppositions, the SPLM/A in Opposition and South Sudan Opposition Alliance, have finalized their consultations, submitted their lists and are now waiting for President Kiir to do his part to finalize the reconstitution of the Revitalized Transitional National Legislative Assembly(R-TNLA), State and Local governments.

Dr. Riek Machar Teny, First Vice President, Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/A-IO speaking at the National Conference on December 1, 2020(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)
Dr. Riek Machar Teny, First Vice President, Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/A-IO speaking at the National Conference on December 1, 2020(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)

The two main armed oppositions have submitted the names of their nominees to President Salvar Kiir for all the constitutional positions in the government to be approved and formed with the exception of Upper Nile State.

In reports released to media, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) announced their positions, leaving the remaining responsibility to be blamed on President Kiir.

Speaking to medai, the Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, and a senior cadre of the SPLM-IO, Hon. Manawa Peter Gatkuoth, reiterated their commitment to the process saying they have submitted the names and waiting on President Kiir to issue a decree.

 “As SPLM-IO, we have already submitted the names of our representatives in the national parliament, the council of states, state cabinet, members of state legislative council, and local councils,” Manawa said.

 

“We are waiting for a decree from the president to announce the names. As we said earlier, the disagreement over Malakal [Upper Nile] should not be an obstacle to the rest of the nine states. Some of these states are facing a lot of challenges and they need to have a government in place to address them and then, we can continue with dialogue about Upper Nile,” he added.

The Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation added that there is no enough arrangement that have been done and that the time was very short given that the festive season is fast approaching. 

“As you know, we are now approaching the festive season. There are logistical arrangements that were not completed,” he said. 

For her part, SSOA leader Josephine Lagu also confirmed that her alliance had submitted names of nominees and are waiting for the official announcement. 

“We, as SSOA have already submitted our names to the vice president who represents SSOA in the presidency, and he is expected to hand it over to the president within days,” she said. 

She added that they have been waiting for the president’s decree for some time and they are now expecting it any time now.

“That is what I know. We have been waiting for the last four to five weeks. So, we think that the decree will come out anytime from now, including the national assembly,” Lagu added

“I don’t think there is anything else delaying. What is delaying might be only a little secretarial work such as typing, putting release, these might be the cause of the delay,” Lagu said.

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