Kiir, IGAD Agree on Transitional Government Formation Before February Deadline

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and IGAD envoys have discussed and agreed on formation of a transitional government of unity before the expiry of February 2020 Deadline

Kiir on Thursday, according to a statement released by Presidency, received and held discussions with the four Special Envoys to South Sudan inter alia; IGAD, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda that are mediating the process of the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, at State House Juba.

“The President and the envoys have discussed and agreed to have the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity formed on the agreed February 2020 deadline,” said part of the statement.

The agreement on the number of state governments, which has been among the contentious issues delaying the formation of transitional unity government, has however been once again deferred and only to be decided 90 days after formation of unity government.

President Salva Kiir and the special envoys agreed to subject the question of the number of states, on an arbitration mechanism, that will take 90 days after the formation of the transitional government of national unity.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, the Deputy President of South Africa, Mr. David Mabuza confirmed that all the parties have agreed and committed to form the transitional government of national unity on the agreed February deadline.

Meanwhile the South Sudan Minster of Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Martin Elia Lomoro outlined that, the region and the continent is standing with the people of South Sudan and the government to ensure that the agreement is implemented, Dr. Martin Elia said, the government is hopeful that, the proposal presented by the special envoys is tabled and accepted by other partners.

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