The South Sudan National Transitional Assembly has for the second time, uniformly, extended the term of government for another 3 years.
The assembly sitting on Thursday passed the Bill to amend the Transitional Constitution of 2011, which gives the elected government only four years term, to allow President Salva Kiir, the current Members of Parliament and Governors to rule until 2021.
“A Bill to amend articles of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 (as amended) 2018 to provide for extension of term of the Transitional National Legislature, Office of the President, Office of the First Vice President, Transitional State Assembly and Office of the State Governor,” the main text of the amendment said.
The term of the above offices that were expected to expire on August 12th 2018, as per the March 2015 amendment, has been stretched to August 12th 2021 awaiting the signature of President Kiir.
The same Parliament on March 22nd 2015, extended the government term for 3 years. The extension was done 4 months before the signing of the peace agreement in Addis Ababa that gave birth to the Transitional Government of National Unity.
The new amendment is also happening at a time when the government of Kiir and the rebels of Dr. Riek Machar are about to append their signatures on the final peace agreement being mediated between Khartoum and Entebbe.
There has not been any election in South Sudan since the full gaining of independence from Khartoum in July 2011.
The first national election was expected in 2013 before the expiry of first Transitional Government of the united SPLA/M with Kiir as President, Machar as Vice President and Pagan Amum as the Secretary General of the ruling party.
War however broke out during the SPLM National Delegates Conference in December 2013, which was meant to prepare the party for the first election.