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Cabinet directs Ministry of Federal Affairs to Consult with Public

By Morris Dogga

The Council of Ministers has directed the Ministry of Federal Affairs to conduct wider consultation with the public on what type of federalism the people of South Sudan want, the national minister of information said.

Michael Makuei Lueth said the Ministry of Federal Affairs has been directed to consult with the public so that they come up with the necessary information that is needed by the people of South Sudan on the establishment of federalism as a system of governance.

The directives came after the Council of Ministers adopted the establishment of the Ministry of Federal Affairs but with amended mandate so that it would not serve the powers of other institutions that already exist.

Lueth denied that the government has been against a federal system, but said what was not clear was the type of federalism that is needed.

“We have accepted federalism as a system of governance but there are different types of federalism and at present we would not declare that we are a federal state because if I declare today that we are a federal state, they will ask what type of federal system are we,” Lueth Said.

“This is what we need to study and this is given to the Minister of Federal Affairs to conduct full research on the types of federalism all over the world and sensitize the people on these types of federal system of governance, so that when time comes for the people of the South Sudan to decide on the type of federalism they need they will take a decision from an informed position,” he added.

He said it was important to do wider consultation with the public so that when “we are drafting the permanent constitution, the people of South Sudan are aware and would have been consulted and they would have decided on which type of federalism they wanted.”

Lueth said in principle the government is in full agreement with the federal system but they are yet to decide on what type of federalism it should adopt.

The Ministry of Federal Affairs was established in accordance with the Agreement on the resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).

 

 

 

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