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South Sudan warring factions disagree on ‘power sharing’ as IGAD demands ‘breakthrough’

Addis Ababa, January 31, 2015 (SSNA) -- Rival factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have failed to agree on the distribution of the power and asked IGAD for more consultations with their political bases.

IGAD agreed and asked the two sides to resume the negotiation tomorrow (Sunday).

IGAD has also asserted its influence by telling the two main adversaries, President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to either find a breakthrough or they will not leave Addis Ababa.

Meanwhile the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned that the Sudan people’s Liberations Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-IO) has rejected the recent IGAD proposal saying that the proposed power sharing document does not represent equal treatment of all parties.

In the meeting, the SPLM-IO asked IGAD to balance the percentages of the leadership proposal which initially gave Kiir 60%, 30% for the SPLM-IO, and 10% for former political detainees and other political parties.

The SPLM-IO further demanded that President Kiir and Dr. Machar factions be given 40% each, and 20% for former political detainees and other political parties.

Breaking News: IGAD-mediated talks between South Sudan’s rivals collapse in Ethiopia — Negotiations to Resume on February 1st

Addis Ababa, January 29, 2015 (SSNA) -- The IGAD-mediated talks between South Sudan's Kiir and Machar have collapsed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Power sharing arrangement is the main cause of the failure, an African Union diplomatic source with full knowledge of the talks told the South Sudan news Agency.

In the meeting, the two warring sides were told to report back to IGAD by the 1st of February 2015. The regional block, IGAD, also warned the two factions to produce a solution by the first day of February or face action from IGAD member states.

The peace proposal presented to Kiir and Machar by IGAD heads of states includes structure of the leadership of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU), succession during the transition period, power sharing, South Sudan national parliament, among others.

In the document, Kiir must remain as the president with two Vice Presidents…and the 2nd VP must come from the Greater Equatoria region. The proposal also states that the President and VP must be succeeded by people from their political parties.

On the power sharing, the document further stated that the government will retain 60%, SPLM-IO 30%, and 10% for former political detainees and other political parties.

However, the roles of the President and VP are yet to be worked out. The SSNA was told that decision making process within the TGONU must be 80% consensus.

IGAD also said all current members of South Sudan's national parliament must remain in their positions; however, it proposed to add 68 new members who will be selected from all sides and added to the parliament.

SPLM-in Opposition in the United States to Conduct Election in April

Press release

Re: The SPLM/A-Resistance Movement set to conduct Election: Office of National Secretariat-[25 April 2015], Minneapolis, MN

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THE ELECTION COMMISION

Date: 28 January 2015

To: All SPLM/A-U.S.A Chapters’ Leaders
From: SPLM/A-USA Election Commission

Dear Comrades,

January 28, 2015 (SSNA) -- The Leadership of the SPLM-A-(USA) led by Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhourgon voted to approve party elections in 2015, and passed on the baton to the Election Commission to take democracy to the finish line. This Leadership is a joint effort from various states chapters’ chairpersons across America; leaders passionate to practice the right we are denied by the Juba regime.

The election commission welcomes the voting result, and will commence with its duties to organize and conduct free and fair elections. Moreover, the committee applauds and praises the leadership’s sustained commitment to democratic ideals, in time of peril. Therefore, the 2015 SPLM/A(USA) Election Committee is pleased to publically announce: The 2015 SPLM/A-(USA) Election for the Office of the National Secretariat will take place on this day [25 April 2015] in Minneapolis, MN [11:00 am Central Time].

The election committee hereby extends an official invitation to: All states chapters’ chairpersons and the leadership of SPLM/A-USA, SPLM/A Youth League and SPLM/A Women’s League to join us in Minneapolis, MN in support of democracy. The invitation also extends to the South Sudanese communities at large; the committee urges all supporters of this resistance movement to attend–all are welcome. There will be interactive activities for all to enjoy.

Last but not least, this goes without saying; The SPLM/A is a national party. Therefore, the committee encourages and welcomes all qualified persons, who condemn the dictatorial regime in Juba to review the election guidelines, and submit their curriculum vitas to the election commission. For datelines and principles that will govern this election, please refer to the election guidelines for more details.

Sincerely,

Cde. Matthew Dobuol Ruon
Chairperson, Election Commission -SPLM/A-USA
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