East African regional ministers approve 6-month extension for South Sudan transitional government

Machar (right), Kiir (left). Photo: AP

Juba, May 8, 2019 (SSNA) — The recently agreed extension of South Sudan pre-transitional period for six months to allow South Sudanese parties to the September 2018 peace deal enough time to execute security arrangements has been approved, the Ethiopian government announced today.

Ethiopia says on a Facebook post that council of East African ministers approved the 6-month extension which was requested last week by South Sudan’s government, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO), and other political groups.

The parties met on May2-3 in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, after the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) realized that the May 12 dateline stipulated in the pact for South Sudanese rival factions to form a provisional government was approaching.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir called on SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar in April and asked him to join him in Juba to begin the formation of a unity government. Machar, refused, citing a lack of implementation of security arrangements.

Previous Post
The despicable $3.7 million contract between South Sudan and U.S. lobbyists
Next Post
South Sudan signs new contract with U.S. lobbyists to deny formation of hybrid court

2 Comments. Leave new

  • John malual biliw chath
    May 9, 2019 7:28 am

    It is very important for the parties to the agreement that they have agreed together for the extention for the formation of pre transitional government of national unity for the period of six months which will give them time to complet the unfinish pending issuse especially the unification of the national army which was very important in the peace agreement.

  • Asant pal choul
    May 12, 2019 8:48 am

    The, extension of 6 month is must important b, c the all implications of implementation will going implicty, we the civilians we are agree for 6 months we don’t like wars again in my country
    ,, machar is good decision.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.