22 Jun 2018

 

IGAD Proposes Four Vice Presidents For S. Sudan’s New Transitional Government

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Thursday proposed four Vice Presidents for South Sudan’s new Transitional Government after revealing the draft proposal of power sharing arrangements.

IGAD Proposes Four Vice Presidents For S. Sudan’s New Transitional Government
Delegates in Addis Ababa for the peace talks discussing at the conference room [Gurtong photo|Ojwe Lumara]

By Ojwe Lumara

ADDIS ABABA, 16 February 2018 [Gurtong]-In the draft proposal, IGAD proposed the Vice Presidents to oversee the clusters of the Council of Ministers, and generally to supervise the implementation of the reforms outlined in the Agreement and to exercise the powers, functions and responsibilities of the transitional government.

According to the draft proposal, there shall be a Vice President to oversee the Governance Cluster to be nominated by the incumbent TGoNU;  a Vice President to supervise the Economy Cluster to be nominated by the SPLM/A-IO (led by Dr Riek Machar),  a Vice President to oversee the Infrastructure Cluster  to be nominated by the South Sudan Opposition, without the participation of SPLM/A-IO, and another Vice President overseeing the Human Development and Social Services Cluster to be nominated by the procedure specified in Chapter I article 10.

According to Chapter One Article 10, in coordination with IGAD, the Chair and Deputy Chair of the NCAC, shall establish a Nominations Mechanism as follows; one (1) person drawn from the Incumbent TGoNU; one (1) from the South Sudan Opposition; one (1) from civil society; one (1) from academia; one (1) youth representative; one (1) representative of the business community. At least two of the members shall be women.

The Transitional Period shall also be extended by thirty six months preceded by one hundred twenty days of a Pre-Transitional Period. The Pre-Transitional Period shall commence immediately upon the signing of this Agreement, according to the draft.

Under the Agreement, the incumbent TG0NU is offered fifty one percent (51%) for and forty nine percent (49%) for the South Sudan Opposition.

The Former Detainees shall be treated as individual leaders and allocated a maximum of nine (9) positions for the purpose of allocation of responsibility. They may nominate two representatives to serve as Ministers, and one as a Deputy Minister.

The responsibility-sharing ratio in a State within the former States of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile as determined in the ARCSS, 2015 shall be as follows:

The Incumbent TGoNU forty six percent (46%); The South Sudan Armed Opposition (SSAO) forty percent (40%); Two (2) Former Detainees; and, Other Political Parties remain with the balance of the percentage.

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) shall be restructured and reconstituted to have 400 members, to include the prior Elected Members from 2010 Southern Sudan and national elections, including any member who had been unseated as a consequence of the crisis since 13 December 2013.

The Former Detainees shall nominate two (2) representatives; and the balance of the members shall comprise of the Incumbent TGoNU, (55%); South Sudan Opposition (armed and unarmed), (45%).

The South Sudan Opposition allocation shall be selected on the same basis as the ratio for the Council of Ministers.

The Government Spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth said they received the document and will deliberate on it today.

“We are optimistic that we will take peace to our people,” he said adding that in case they do not finish it on the scheduled time, “it will be upon the mediators to decide what to do.”

Makuei said the most contentious issues on power sharing will be discussed today. The draft proposal is yet to be agreed upon by the parties to at the HLRF.

 

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