Pres Kiir, Machar agree to extend period of Transitional Unity Gov’t, reports

Pres Kiir, Machar agree to extend period of Transitional Unity Gov’t, reports
President Slava Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar. [Courtesy]

​President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar have agreed to extend the period of transitional unity government.

According to multiple sources, the two political figures and key parties to the revitalised agreement are currently mulling idea of extending the period by upto 32 months.

“His Excellency, the President of the Republic [of South Sudan] and His Excellency, the First Vice President have agreed, in principle, to extend the lifespan of the current transitional government national unity,” Sudan Tribune quoted a source close to the presidency.

Parties to the agreement are said to meet [soon] for round table talks before after which the matter will be pushed to the council of ministers.

It will then be escalated to the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC) and later to parliament for rectification.

“There is a talk currently going on between the leaders. Some are talking of 28 months; others are talking of 32 months,” added Sudan Tribune who quoted an anonymous source at the State House.

Kiir’s government entered into an agreement with opposition groups in 2018, a deal that ended a five-year civil war.

The parties had until February 2023 to implement key chapters, some that are still pending, before the transitional period expires in seven month-time.

Some of the key chapters that are pending include election and graduation of forces.

“The remaining period is not enough for the elections to take place, so the idea to extend the transitional period came up during the discussions. This is what the parties have agreed on, and the president will announce it,” Al-Sadiq, IGAD Council of Ministers chair, told Radio Tamazuj.