Disagreement emerges as top SPLM-IO officials refuse to accept Khartoum peace deal

SPLM/A-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar. Photo: AFP

Khartoum, August 29, 2018 (SSNA) – Top officials of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) have disagreed over the final phase of Khartoum ‘s peace agreement slated to be signed Thursday in Khartoum, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned.

The SSNA has learned that almost all members of the armed opposition negotiating team rejected the deal and questioned the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for omitting some important peace proposed provisions. The South Sudan News Agency later learned that questioned raised by the SPLM-IO were already raised by some supporters of the rebel movement.

The disagreement, according to the source, happened a day after South Sudanese President Salva Kiir accepted the pact and left for China.

The South Sudan News Agency has learned that the SPLM-IO’s negotiating team doesn’t like the 32 states, legislative, constitutional, and a few other issues pretending to the ongoing peace process and proposed future power-sharing government.

The SSNA also understands that these issues were previously raised by South Sudanese writers, among others. It Is not clear why the armed opposition refuses to sign the deal given the fact that these issues were on many occasions raised by the ordinary South Sudanese.

The South Sudan News Agency also understand that the armed opposition faces serious obstacles as SPLM-IO educated diaspora-based supporters increasingly become suspicious over Khartoum’s peace deal. The proposed pact is also rejected by most members of other parties to the peace process.

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