24 August 2013

South Sudan: Lawmakers Unanimously Endorse Igga As VP

Photo: Sudan Tribune
South Sudan's vice president

Juba — An extraordinary session of South Sudan lawmakers on Saturday unanimously endorsed James Wani Igga, as the country's new vice president.

Igga, formerly the legislative assembly speaker was appointed Friday by President Salva Kiir, exactly a month after he dissolved the entire government, including the position of vice president.

The new vice president received overwhelming support from lawmakers during an afternoon session, chaired by the deputy speaker, Daniel Awet Akot.

Kiir, earlier on, uttered strongly-worded statements threatening to dissolve the elected national parliament unless it members backed his choice of vice president during the vetting process.

The president made the remarks Saturday morning during a meeting he held with the ruling party's (SPLM) parliamentary caucus, where he introduced his nominated new Vice President, James Wani Igga, lobbying for his endorsement.

Igga, sources told Sudan Tribune, is likely to be sworn-in next week.

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