South Sudan’s rebel chief to brief public on peace deal tomorrow

Addis Ababa, January 23, 2016 (SSNA) — Former South Sudanese Vice President and rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar will brief the public on the implementation of the IGAD-brokered peace agreement tomorrow in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has been told by a high-ranking rebel official that Machar, who recently returned from rebel headquarters, Pagak, after a consultative meeting with his advance team over Kiir’s 28 states expansion plan, will address the public on the implementation of the power-sharing deal.

The rebel leader is also expected to touch on several peace-related issues and reveal the official position of the SPLM/A-IO after latest Pagak’s consultative conference.

The SSNA has learned that the rebel leadership has unanimously voted this week to reject Kiir’s 28 states decree and warned that Kiir’s use of delaying tactics to try to disrupt the implementation of the pact will not be accepted.

Kiir and Machar failed to form a transitional government by January 22 dateline set by the IGAD-Plus.

In the meeting, Pagak vowed to only abide by the peace implementation rules and that Juba’s talks of an inclusion of 28 states into the peace document could slide the young nation back into civil war.

On the 5th of January, the Nuer (Naath) Community in the United States—the umbrella agency for all Nuer local communities in the USA threatened to mobilize the public against the SPLM/A-IO’s leadership if it accepts Kiir’s 28 states plan.

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