South Sudan: the President sign revised power-sharing deal

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. ©, Photo: RR

Casablanca (ADV) – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said Friday he plans to sign a final power-sharing deal with rebels and other opposition groups intended to end the country’s nearly five-year civil war.

Earlier, Sudanese Foreign Minister Mohamed Al Dirdiri arrived in Juba to discuss what he called “bilateral issues” with Kiir and South Sudanese Foreign Minister Nhial Deng Nhial.

Most of South Sudan’s warring parties signed a preliminary power-sharing deal late last month which would reinstate rebel leader Riek Machar as first vice president. But some opposition groups rejected the agreement.

After speaking to al-Dirdiri on Friday, Kiir told journalists he is ready to sign a power-sharing deal with all opposition parties and this time believes it will be upheld.

“I believe that this agreement will continue to be implemented with spirit and letter. And so whoever signs this agreement will remain committed to it and this is what will be surprising the whole world,” said Kiir.

While insisting he is fully committed to implementing a new deal, the president acknowledged the huge challenges that lie ahead for his government, including how to manage a planned 550 lawmakers, 35 ministries, and five vice presidents.

“One person needs [a] motorcade, maybe five vehicles. Where will I get this quickly? They also need accommodation. Where will I accommodate them. Also they need offices to work. Where will I get offices? So there are many things needed to be accomplished before these people enter Juba here,” Kiir said.

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