South Sudan: President Salva Kiir Announces New Parliament

John Garang Mausoleum Square in Juba (file photo).

Juba — South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Monday night reconstituted parliament, paving the way for the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Legislative Assembly as stipulated in the 2018 peace agreement.

Through a presidential decree read on state-run television, South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, Kiir appointed 550 lawmakers from all parties who signed the revitalized peace accord.

The appointment came a day after he dissolved the National Legislative Assembly and Council States.

According to the peace deal, both R-TNLA and Council of States shall be reconstituted to include new appointees from other peace parties.

The deal says TNLA will be expanded from 400 to 550 members, comprising representatives from the peace parties, where the former Transitional government will nominate 332 members, SPLM-IO will have 128, and South Sudan Opposition Alliance, 50. Other political parties shall have 30 representatives, while former detainees will nominate 10 members.

The peace deal also stipulated that the Council of States, on the other hand, shall be expanded from 50 members to 100. However, the president, in Monday's decree, did not announce expansion and reconstitution of the Council of States.

According to Kiir's decree, the revitalized assembly now consists of 550 lawmakers, with the majority from his governing SPLM party, followed by Dr Riek Machar's Sudan People Liberation Movement - In Opposition (SPLM-IO).

Other members appointed were from South Sudan Opposition Alliance, Former Political Detainees, National Agenda, and Democratic Change Party.

Among the major pending tasks is the unification of the forces into one national professional army, a task stipulated in Chapter II of the 2018 peace agreement.

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