S. Sudan Alliance of Opposition parties welcomes 100 days extension

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT, By Francis Mading] A member of South Sudan Alliance of Opposition Parties and a political activist, Abdul Karim Kamoun, welcomed the decision postponing the formation of the unity government for another 100 days, describing the decision as a natural procedure.

[Juba, South Sudan, TCT, By Francis Mading] A member of South Sudan Alliance of Opposition Parties and a political activist, Abdul Karim Kamoun, welcomed the decision postponing the formation of the unity government for another 100 days, describing the decision as a natural procedure.

“there is no party that has the right to form the [unity] government without the consensus of the others, he said,”

"We in the coalition met and discussed about the matter. Our last decision was to implement all the provisions of the agreement," Kamoun added.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and the opposition leader, his main rival in the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), Riek Machar, have agreed to extend the transition period by 100 days.

The agreement comes after mediators intervened to reach satisfactory solutions to the parties, especially the two main parties led by the government wing President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, the leader of the main opposition wing. Each party is expected to adhere to its consent in terms of the formation of the government on time and the postponement of the formation of the government.

Earlier, the United Nations Security Council through its envoys who met with Kiir and Machar in Juba, demanded the necessity of forming a government on time.

The agreement to extend the formation of unity government was reached during a summit in Entebbe attended by Presidents Yoweri Museveni, Salva Kiir and the President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council in Sudan. Riek Machar and Kenya's special envoy to South Sudan Kalonzo Musyoka also took part in the meeting.

"The meeting noted the crucial incomplete tasks related to security and governance, including the formation of a revitalized transitional government of national unity," a statement from the Ugandan presidency said.

`` In light of the above, the meeting participants agreed to extend the pre-transition period by 100 days from 12 November 2019, review the progress made after fifty (50) days of that day and report to the Heads of States and Parties, '' the statement further confirmed.

Journalist and political analyst, Atem Simon, believes that postponement is in the interest of the peace process. "Peace is a priority before the formation of the government, because the formation of the government is a final process behind the implementation of the agreement," he said.

The parties further agreed to establish a mechanism of guarantors and parties to oversee the implementation of critical tasks.

"This is the last opportunity for South Sudan leaders to demonstrate their intentions towards peace and fulfill the aspirations of the South Sudan people for independence to contribute to African peace and security rather than conflicts in South Sudan that have led to displacement and asylum in most of the African neighbors," Atem said.

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