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 SPLM-IO members in Jonglei State join ruling party

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

Members of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) in Jonglie State have joined the ruling party.

The announcement comes two months after their leader First Vice President Taban Deng Gai dissolved his group and joined President

Salva Kiir’s ruling party.

The group in Jonglei state made the declaration last Saturday during the SPLM state Liberation Council and Caucus meeting in Bor.

Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday Jonglei state SPLM Interim Secretary Deng Ajang Duot said the decision was in line with SPLM-IO dissolution of the party declared in May, 2018 by the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai.

”The SPLM-IO members in the state were waiting for instructions. So on the 14th July, 2018 we held a state Liberation Council and Caucus meeting and this is where they declared themselves as SPLM members,” Duot said.

They were received by the Jonglei state SPLM Chairman Philip Aguer and the entire members of the ruling party in the state.

Mr Duot described the move as the way forward to resolve the disputes and bring lasting peace in the country

He urged the team to resume their normal duties of the party amicably.

”The reunification of the party is very paramount. You are aware that the fight in the country was caused by misunderstanding within the SPLM party. As a result the party got split along that line and the leadership has been running up and down to bring back members together,” Duot said.

He called on other SPLM factions to consider the ARUSHA agreement, saying the reunification of the party would means returning of a lasting peace in the country.

”We don’t say that everybody must join the SPLM because politics is all about the ideology that a political party wants to extend to its members. But those who are willing to join the SPLM are welcomed,” he said.

Jonglei State SPLM-IO Chairperson who is also the State Minister of Labour and Public Service Thon Simon Thok said their declaration was in line with the one earlier made by the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai in Juba.

”Our declaration is one and we are urging all the SPLM-IO members in other states to abide by the declaration,” Thok stressed

He stressed that the reunification would result to a peaceful South Sudan once all SPLM factions agreed to work together.

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