Three Vice Presidents a Good Step- FODAG

By Woja Emmanuel Wani

The Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance (FODAG) has welcomed the proposal by IGAD to have three vice presidents saying it is a vital step towards realizing sustainable peace.

FODAG Executive Director, Jame David Kolok said the proposal was as a result of the non-stop negotiations among various stakeholders in the peace process.

“What is appearing in the bridging proposal is actually a concession of the continuous consultations about the different positions that the parties have put forward in Addis Ababa”, Kolok said.

He said the civil society has witnessed, to some degree, better step than walking out of Addis without having something tangible. He added that they believed that the parties will have no reason to argue contrary to what IGAD has put forward whether in the context of governance or security since the proposal entirely constituted the continuous discussions that has taken place.

He cited that the proposal for the three vice presidents indicates that IGAD has taken into account the influence and importance of inclusivity of all the political parties and could therefore provide a momentum to all the parties.

The mediation body – IGAD – on Tuesday released a proposed draft agreement to the parties, with the position of the first vice president going to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO) of Dr Riek Machar. Each party will deliberate on it before they all report back to the IGAD at two o’clock today.

The parties signed a document strengthening the implementation of the cessation of hostilities. They handed over the document to IGAD and thereafter it issued the proposals.

On governance, the position of the president will be taken by the government and that of the first vice president by the SPLM/A-IO. The vice president goes to the government and a third vice president to be nominated from other parties and entities.

The proposal also details the composition of the government, responsibility sharing, allocation of responsibilities and structure and composition of state governments.

Others are inclusive Boundary Commission, The Transitional National Legislature and the question of system of governance. On security, parties are to agree on permanent ceasefire and cantonment of all forces.

It also gives details on transitional security arrangements, unification of forces and strategic defence and security review. The report of the parties will be discussed by the IGAD Council of Ministers and then recommendations submitted to the heads of states.





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