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South Sudan: Kiir Revokes Appointment of Two National MPs

President Salva Kiir

President Salva Kiir on Friday revoked the appointment of two members of parliament representing the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA).

In a decree read on the state broadcaster South Sudan Broadcasting Cooperation on Friday evening, Kiir revoked the appointment of Abdun Gatjiek Gatluak and replaced him with Mathew Wanbang Nyater as a lawmaker to the upper house of the TNLA-the Council of States.

In another decree, Kiir revoked the appointment of William Kuu Kal Tot and replaced him with Samson Machot Yok to the lower house of the national Legislature.

No reasons were given for the changes but parties to the agreement usually forward names for appointment, removal, or replacement.

President Kiir, First Vice President Riek Machar, and other political figures signed a peace agreement in 2018 that ended five years of civil war.

In August 2022, the parties to the peace agreement extended the transitional government’s time in office for another two years.

The end of the transitional period was scheduled for 2022 but was pushed back to December 2024 due to the lack of progress on many provisions of the agreement.

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