Jonglei lawmakers welcome extension of Kiir’s term
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
Members of Parliament at Jonglei State Legislative Assembly have welcomed the extension of President Salva Kiir’s term despite criticism from some members of international community.
Earlier the Transitional National Legislative Assembly extended the tenure of the government including that of President Kiir until 2021.
Addressing reporters in Bor, Jonglei state Legislative Assembly Acting Speaker Rachael Athiak Ruei said that the extension would give government more to deliver on its plans and programmes.
Ms. Ruei stressed that the decision taken by the TNLA was to provide a conducive atmosphere for bringing peace to the people of South Sudan though the extension had not been welcomed by others.
”This brave decision has denied the enemies of peace who were hoping for a political vacuum to use it and install a hand-pick government that can be exploited by others,” she said.
”Therefore the Jonglei state Legislative Assembly and the executive bodies are absolutely behind the decision made the TNLA,” Ms Ruei.
She also criticized United Nations arms embargo on South Sudan and the individual, saying it was an obstacle to the effort to restore peace in the country.
”The arms embargo imposed on South Sudan is an incentive for the opposition groups to spoil the peace. We condemn it in in strongest possible,” Ms. Ruei said.
According to the Acting speaker the arms embargo was not a proper measure of restoring peace in South Sudan.