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NEW POWER Sharing great achievement

President Salva Kiir(L) and rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar during peace talk meeting in Khartoum-June 25, 2018 (photo by Reuters)

By Opio Jackson

Michael Makuei Lueth, National Minister of Information and Government Spokesperson yesterday described the new power-sharing agreement signed in Khartoum as “great achievement” but said those who abstained were “insignificant”.

“We have now brought peace to the people of South Sudan and we will continue to work hard to ensure that the agreement is implemented in the latter and spirit,” Mr. Makuei said.

The government and the main rebel group signed a power-sharing deal in the Sudanese capital on Wednesday to end the five-year conflict.

The agreement was signed by the Government of Southern Sudan; the main armed opposition led by Dr. Riek Machar, some members of the opposition political parties’ coalition and civil society organizations. Group of former political detainees, led by former Secretary-General of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Pagan Amum and other opposition coalitions refrained from signing the agreement.

However, Makuei said those who had not signed the agreement were insignificant with no effect. “We will continue without them. Anybody who has abstained is non-essential. They will have to join in,” he said.

He praised the Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir and his team for their dedication and commitment to ensure that they work hard to bring peace to the people of South Sudan.

According to Reuter’s news agency, Dr. Riek Machar, a former vice president who will be reinstated into his old post under the deal, was in the room when the agreement was signed by representatives of the government and his group at a security compound in Khartoum.

The agreement, which was reached earlier this month in Uganda, provides for the creation of new 35 ministers of which 20 from the current government of President Salva Kiir. Machar’s SPLM-IO rebel group will have nine portfolios and the rest will go to other opposition groups.

Apart from Machar, Kiir will have four more deputies during an interim period under the agreement that was guided by Sudan and other East African nations.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed acknowledged some issues needed more work, including how to share power in local government administration.

Parliament will consist of 550 lawmakers, including 330 from Kiir’s group, 123 from Machar’s faction, 50 from the opposition, 30 from other political groups, and 10 from former detainees.

South Sudan descended into a civil war that ravaged the country in 2013 after a political disagreement between Machar and Kiir pushed them apart.

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