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US News South Sudan: Dissolution of Parliament

18:35  09 may  2021
18:35  09 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Parliament of South Sudan was dissolved Saturday night by President Salva Kiir, paving the way for the installation of a wider new parliament, whose composition had been negotiated in a 2018 peace agreement.

The decree read Saturday night on state television announcing the Dissolution of both Houses, the National Transitional Legislative Assembly and the Council of States, does not set a date for the entry into the new assemblies.

This "reconstitution" of Parliament was provided for in the "revitalized" peace agreement signed in September 2018 by the enemies swords Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, which ended five years of a bloody civil war having done more than 380,000. dead and 4 million displaced. It was expected in February 2020, at the same time as the formation of the Government of National Union, but it had not until now been carried out by President Salva Kiir, despite repeated demands of the opposition.

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According to the 2018 Agreement, the new National Assembly will increase from 400 to 550 legislators, of which 332 will be appointed by Salva Kiir, 128 by Riek Machar and 90 by the other signatory parties.

The Council of States will, from 50 to 100 members.


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"This is a welcome development but we hope that the dissolution will not open the way to a long process of reconstitution of Parliament," said AFP Jame David Kolok, President of the Forum of the Civil Society of Sudan. South, recalling that this "process should have been led for a long time".

"Civil society is frustrated and no longer believes, even though Parliament is reconstituted, it will be a viable Parliament," he added.

The US Special Envoy for South Sudan, Donald Booth, had to arrive Sunday in the capital Juba for a four-day visit, announced on Saturday night the state department in a statement.

"The United States is concerned about the slow implementation of the revitalized agreement on the settlement of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, the continuation of violence and the deterioration of economic and humanitarian conditions", explains the State Department.

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