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The new South Sudan transitional government of national unity has finally announced the 5th Vice President in the names of Gen. Hussein Abdelbagi Akol.
Gen. Abdelbagi, senior commander of the new but well equipped South Sudan Patriotic Army (SSPA), was named to represent the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) after hours of negotiations arbitrated by the Sudanese President Gen. Abdel Fattah al Burhan.
Burhan and his counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit held a meeting with South Sudan opposition alliance to resolve the dispute over the Vice President position in the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity on Sunday.
Members of SSOA, a coalition of 9 armed groups and opposition parties failed pick a person to fill in their slot of 5th vice president as per revitalized peace agreement. Salva Kiir and Burhan had to make a decision according to statement released by the South Sudan presidency.
“After a lengthy deliberation with members of SSOA at the State House on Sunday, the group failed to select the candidate and opted for arbitration from the two Presidents. So, Gen. Hussein Abdelbagi was chosen to represent SSOA for the Position of Vice President of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity,” said the statement.
Hussein Abdelbagi was subsequently made to take oath of office as the 5th Vice President of the Republic on SSOA’s ticket.
SSOA coalition include the Federal Democratic Party/South Sudan Armed Forces (FDP/SSAF), led by Gabriel Changson Chang; National Salvation Front (NAS), led by Thomas Cirilo Swaka; National Democratic Movement (NDM), led by Lam Akol; People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), led by Hakim Dario Moi and South Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SSLM/A), led by Bapiny Montuil Wegjang.
Other members are South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC), led by Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro; South Sudan Patriotic Movement/Army (SSPM/A), led by Costello Garang Ring; South Sudan United Movement/Army (SSUM/A), led by Peter Gadet Yak and United Democratic Republican Alliance (UDRA), led by Gatweth K. Thich.