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South Sudan – President Kiir set to establish more states

Sudan Tribune

(JUBA) – South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, will soon issue another controversial order to increase the number of states from 28 states to undisclosed number, according to his second deputy and longtime ally.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, delivers a speech in the capital, Juba, on 10 June 2013 (Reuters)

Speaking after Tuesday’s meeting, Vice President, James Wani Igga, flanked by the controversially newly appointed First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, said the presidency has agreed to increase the number of states but will soon start with the issue of Malakal and Lol state as the first priority.

Malakal, is a contested capital between West Nile and East Nile states, but which was given to the East Nile by the presidential decree in October last year. Lol is another controversial state in Bahr el Ghazal region.

The two places, according to the Vice President in a statement broadcast by the state owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC), are where communities have protested either splits, asserting the order had divided their communities or have been annexed to communities with whom they share nothing in common in that they would prefer to remain alone.

“We have resolved and agreed to increase the number of states but the first thing is the issue of Raja and Malakal. A committee has been formed under the First Vice President and this committee will have to complete their work and report back to the President within seven days,” revealed Vice President, Igga.

He did not say how many more states will be added to the already controversial 28 states.

The two issues the presidency had discussed and resolved, he further added, were the reinstatement of the civil servants who either abandoned their positions or rebelled, either in Juba or in the states, when the conflict erupted in 2013.

The other issue was the issue of cantonment sites for the opposition forces of the SPLA-IO. Two cantonment sites, he said, will be in central Equatoria, one in Eastern Equatoria and another in Western Equatoria.


Kiir appoints Igga as South Sudan’s Vice President

Sudan Tribune
August 23, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has issued a presidential decree appointing the speaker of the national parliament, James Wani Igga, as the new Vice President of the republic.

New South Sudan’s VP James Wani Igga (Photo Moses Lomayat)
The appointment came exactly 30 days after Kiir sacked his long time former Vice President, Riek Machar Teny, on 23 July 2013.

In the decree issued today (Friday) and read on the state-owned South Sudan radio, Igga has automatically given up the position of speakership in the national parliament, leaving the lawmakers to elect a new speaker.

Before he takes oath of office as the new Vice President, Igga’s appointment will have to be vetted by the national parliament first and this also requires him to first render an official resignation as speaker.

There are worries that he may face the same rejection in parliament as experienced by the former nominated justice minister, Telar Ring Deng, as many think he is a weak leader who lacks seriousness in governance.

Among the top candidates for the position of the new speaker is believed to be the former Vice President, Riek Machar Teny.

Kiir is expected to meet with the SPLM caucus on Saturday to try to mobilize their support to endorse the new VP as well as discuss the future leadership in parliament.