President Salva Kiir Reduces Powers From VP Riek Machar

The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has issued a Presidential Decree reducing the powers of his Vice President Dr. Riek Machar.

President Salva Kiir Reduces Powers From VP Riek Machar
Dr. Riek Machar at a past event. The President also issued a decree suspending the scheduled Peace and Reconciliation Conference championed by the Vice President Dr. Riek Machar. [Gurtong | File]

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA, 16 April 2013 [Gurtong] - The Vice President’s powers are now confined to those defined in the Transitional Constitution 2011.

The decree read by the State Radio today cited as No.3 of the year 2013 worded: “Withdrawal of duly delegated powers assigned to the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan by the President of the Republic,” quoted the President.

“In exercise conferred upon me by the article 105D of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011AD, I Salva Kiir Mayardit President of the Republic of South Sudan do hereby issue this Republican order as hereunder; A. withdrawal of all duly delegated powers assigned to the Vice President of the Republic by the President of the Republic,” it said adding that “The Vice President of the Republic shall be restricted to exercise and discharge only his powers as stipulated in accordance with the provision of article 105a, b and c of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011AD.”

The President also issued other two decrees relieving two retired police officers to the non active list pending pension and suspending the scheduled Peace and Reconciliation Conference to take place in June.

The peace and reconciliation process is being championed by the Vice President Dr. Riek Machar.

Already at least 200 peace campaigners are on training to champion the campaign in the whole nation.

This is part of a series of decrees issued by the President since the on set of this year.

On Saturday the President also relieved one of his Deputy Ministers of his duties at the Foreign Affairs Ministry Prof. Elias Nyamulel.

In January the President had relieved a number of senior army officers of their duties with many been put to non active list awaiting the passing of pension act so as they are given their pension.
 

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