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South Sudan ranks the world’s most fragile state

Washington, DC, June 26, 2014 (SSNA) -- The Republic of South Sudan has been named the world’s most fragile country by the United States-based research institution, The Fund for Peace.

In its 2014 report titled: “Fragile States Index 2014”, the agency places South Sudan on top of its list under what it calls Very High Alert status. Other countries listed in the same category are Somalia, Central African Republic (CAR), Congo (D. R.), and Sudan.

JJ Messner, the co-director of the Fragile States Index said that the main reasons South Sudan tops the list of weak and failing states are fractured leadership, chronic instability, and the growing ethnic nature of the violence in the country, according to the BBC.

The report signifies that the young republic has serious problems that need immediate solutions and that it could collapse.

South Sudan has a history of ethnic rivalry, social barriers, among others.

SSRRA: Juba is using relief and humanitarian assistance to conduct espionage activities in the rebels’ controlled areas

Press Release No: 3
For immediate release

Addis Ababa, June 26, 2014 (SSNA) -- The SSRRA would like to refute the false claims made by the so call Mabor Bol on 26th June 2014 which appeared on Sudan tribune website, claiming to be county commissioner of Uror County. These false and unfounded allegations against people movement (SPLM/SPLA) and freedom fighters is a calculated move by Kiir cronies and simpletons to penetrate Free and Liberated Areas (FLA) under humanitarian and relief assistant cover.

The SPLM/SPLA-humanitarian wing (SSRRA) has been facilitating and continue to facilitate the unhindered relief and humanitarian assistant to the most affected population in the SPLM/SPLA control areas according to the terms and conditions provided in the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COH) singed on 23 January 2014 between SPLM/SPLA and Government of South Sudan in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The World Food Programme (WFP) which has started relief and humanitarian assistant to our civil population through airdropping of food items was facilitated by SSRRA on the 18th March 2014 and up to 14th April 2014. This operation was carried out successfully with full coordination between SSRRA, WFP and other UN Relief and Humanitarian Agencies.

The regime in Juba is using relief and humanitarian assistants to conduct espionage activities in the SPLM/SPLA controlled areas.

The UN agencies and other relief and humanitarian agencies are in direct contact with the SSRRA offices in Addis Ababa and in Nairobi. Any relief and humanitarian assistant are always done with direct coordination with SSRRA offices.

We want to reiterates our commitment to the unhindered humanitarian access to all affected areas under the SPLM/SPLA as stated clearly in the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COH).

Thanks,

Puoch Riek Deng
Public Relations Officer
South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SSRRA)
Head Office, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

South Sudan’s Parliament on the Verge of Collapse After the Discovery of a Government’s Conspiracy to Remove Committee Chairs

Juba, June 25, 2014 (SSNA) -- After weeks of internal wrangling, the speaker of South Sudan’s National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA), Manasseh Magok Rundial, has secretly replaced heads of parliamentary committee without following parliamentary procedure. The new chairs are widely speculated to be staunch supporters of president Salva kiir Mayardiit.

The move surprises most of the MPs with leading members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and opposition party threatening to boycott all parliamentary legislative sessions, unless the speaker reverses his decision.

A secret document obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) explains reasons as to why the speaker chooses to act without following parliamentary procedure. The document signed by the government's Legal Affairs Advisor, Telar Ring Deng, further reveals political tactics, maneuverings, and conspiracy to counter the growing nationwide call for federalism to be established in hope to end the ongoing political crisis in the country.

“Mr. Speaker, we have no time to waste. You must remove any head of any committee who acts against the government interests. Any member of Parliament who talks about the so-called FEDERALISM must go”, Telar Ring Deng, the Legal Affairs Advisor in the office of president said in the document.

“Some MPs are not helpful in this senseless war. We don’t want those [MPs who are not openly supporting the government]. There is no give and take with supporters of rebels”, Deng warned.

Telar Ring Deng has a story of stony relationship with the young nation’s MPs. In August of 2013, his bit to become the country’s Justice Minister was trashed, with most MPS calling his legal record “bogus and tainted”.

Deng’s contentious comment, linking unnamed MPs to the ongoing rebellion did not surprise MPs who are furious about action taken by the speaker, Rundial.

Three influential members of Parliament who spoke to the SSNA on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal confirmed the change and declared that the main reason the speaker removed the committee chairs is because the government doesn’t want people who publicly express their support for a federal system of government.

“Here in Juba, people simply don’t talk about federalism, especially if an individual wants to see a fully-established federal government in the country”, One of the MPs who talked to the SSNA acknowledged.

“We will not allow these illegal appointments to stand. Parliament is different from an Executive office; these threats from a government’s legal affairs advisor are the very same reasons we went to bush and fought against Khartoum’s regime", he declared.

Meanwhile, the main opposition party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) rejected the procedure, calling it “inequitable and nonsense”.

President Kiir has on many occasions indicated that he will not tolerate anyone who criticizes his government. In 2013, he asked anyone who publicly criticizes his government to leave, asserting that a person cannot criticize the government and expect to be a part of government at the same time.

On July 23, 2013, Kiir dissolved his entire cabinet and reduced the number of national ministers, claiming he wants a lean government.

Fighting erupted in Juba late last year between different units of presidential guards after months of political crisis among senior leaders of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party.

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