24 January 2013

Sudan: SPLM Extraordinary Convention to Only Discuss Basic Documents - Itto

Juba — The Deputy Secretary General of the South Sudan's ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), Anne Itto, has strongly denied rumours that the party will expand its agenda beyond reviewing basic documents during the upcoming next month's extraordinary convention.

Reporting about a meeting she had with the SPLM leader Slav Kiir Mayardit, South Sudan Television last week quoted Itto as stating that the SPLM extraordinary convention, will also discuss "problems within the leadership of the party."

The convention which is the first since the independence of South Sudan is scheduled to take place from February 25, 2013.

Itto however called for a press conference on Wednesday in which she categorically denied any other agenda besides reviewing the SPLM documents after the secession.

The documents she said include the party's manifesto, constitution, rules and regulations and the code of conduct.

She further explained that any other agenda will however be discussed in the upcoming third SPLM convention which will take place "later this year."

Rumours circulating in the streets of Juba suggest that the party plans to review the performance of the top leadership as well as confirm the next candidate for the upcoming 2015 elections.

The regular party convention is supposed to take place after five years and the last convention was held in May 2008.

The next convention may take place in May 2013 if the party sticks to the normal schedule.

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