South Sudan: discussions on amending the constitution

Republic of South Sudan © DR

South Sudan’s lawmakers have begun debating a proposal to amend the country’s constitution to extend the presidential and parliamentary term to July 2021.

South Sudanese Justice Minister PaulinoWanawillaUnango on Monday presented the constitutional amended bill 2018 to parliament seeking to extend the duration of the Transitional National Assembly, the term of President, First Vice president and state governors for another three years.

“This is a first presentation and the speaker and the house has referred the whole matter to the committee of legislation and after the completion, it will be presented to the house anytime from now,” PualYuaniBunju, the Chairperson of the National Assembly’s Information Committee, told reporters.

South Sudan was supposed to hold elections in July 2015 but the plan was interrupted after the world’s newest nation descended into civil war in late 2013.

The country’s parliament in March 2015 amended the South Sudan Transitional Constitution and extended SalvaKiir’s government until July.

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