August 25, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s president, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, has succumbed to signing the peace agreement that he refused to sign last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
According to the latest circulations, Mr. Kiir will sign his part tomorrow, August 26th, during a Mini-summit in Juba, South Sudan.
The summit was to be convened yesterday, however, it was delayed by a meeting between Salva Kiir and his leadership council.
In a “VERY URGENT Note Verbal”, South Sudan embassy in Addis Ababa informs the special envoy of IGAD countries to attend the signing of the IGAD-plus Compromise Peace Agreement in Juba, tomorrow.
“The Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Addis Ababa present its compliment to the office of the Special Envoys for South Sudan(OSESS) and has the honor to inform that tomorrow 26th August 2015, there will be a Mini-Summit in Juba regarding the Proposed IGAD-Plus Peace Agreement where the government of the Republic of South Sudan, in the Interest of peace, is expected to sign the proposed agreement. Accordingly, the Special Envoy are expected to attend this historic event” reads part of the urgent note from the Embassy of South Sudan in Addis Ababa.
According to section 1.12 of the Compromise Peace Agreement, the Transitional Period shall commence 90 days after the signing of the Agreement and the term of office shall be thirty (30) months preceded by ninety (90) days of a Pre-transitional Period.
Sixty(60) days before the end of the Transitional Period, the TGoNU shall hold free and fair elections in order to establish a democratically elected government.
The International Community and Region have protested the unilateral decision by Salva Kiir’s cabinet to extend his term of office without election, arguing that only this Transitional Government of National Unity shall legitimize Salva Kiir’s leadership.
Since July 24th, the government has been protesting “contentious issues” that include demilitarization of the capital cities, consultations between the president and First Vice President on vital issues, and power sharing that invests a lots of powers in the armed opposition, especially in the oil-rich Unity and Upper Nile states.
As per the revised Compromise Peace Agreement(CPA), the TGoNU is expected to oversee renaming of the army from Sudan People Liberation Army(SPLA), and its transformation and amalgamation into National Defense Forces of South Sudan (NDFSS).
The agreement is also expected to oversee Permanent Constitution making process that shall be based on the “Supremacy of the people of South Sudan” as opposed by Salva Kiir leadership in 2013.