STATES, not deadlock to new Gov’t

By Mandela Nelson Denis

The stalemate on the number of states will not affect the formation of the unity government by November 12, the government has said.

The government and opposition groups have not yet agreed on the number of states for South Sudan.

Last month, both President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar agreed to form a committee to look in to the Independent Boundary Commission [IBC] report in order to determine the number of states.

Speaking yesterday in Juba, Government Spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth reiterated that the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity will be formed as planned.

“By the 12th of November, the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity will be established and peace will come to South Sudan, the states boundary will not be an obstacle,” Makuei said.

He said the rest of the outstanding issues will be resolved after the formation of the new government.

The government spokesperson noted that there were complaints about the huge size of the government, but he said it is to ensure there is peace.

“There has been complaints that we should reduce the number, which will bring more problems, we don’t need any body to defect again, we want everybody on board,” Makuei said.


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