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Other Political Parties not qualified for governorship slot

By Elia Joseph Loful

In a meeting of the political parties to the agreement held on Friday, Other Political Parties (OPP) reportedly demanded for gubernatorial position.

Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, Edmund Yakani Executive Director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) said the demand by the OPP was a clear violation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

He said the agreement does not say the OPP should be given a gubernatorial position. “In the agreement, governorship is only between the government, IO and SSOA,” Yakani said.

“The Government has six governors, IO three and SSOA one and now the OPP is demanding for governorship. To me it is a total violation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement,”Yakani stressed.

He said following a meeting held by the parties last week, the OPP was quoted demanding one seat of governorship.

“The last meeting among the parties on Friday, on bare deadlock on the issue of state government, we have realized that OPP is demanding for a seat of governorship. If that happens, it a complete violation of the agreement,” the activist warned.

Yakani emphasized that the ratio for power sharing in the agreement considers the government, IO and SSOA to assume positions for governorship adding OPP and FDS were not guaranteed by agreement.

He revealed that during the Addis Ababa negotiation period the two parties OPP and FDS did not raise any concern for the governorship.

According to the Revitalized Peace Agreement parties should respect views enshrined in the agreement.

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