President Salva Kiir Announces New South Sudan Parliament

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit attends the 33rd Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit, at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, on February 10, 2020. – African Union leaders vowed on February 10, 2020 to push peace efforts in Libya, a sign of the bloc’s desire to play a bigger role in resolving the continent’s conflicts. (Photo by MICHAEL TEWELDE / AFP)

Less than month after disbanding the parliament, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has reconstituted a new parliament, paving way for the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Legislative Assembly as stipulated in the 2018 peace agreement.

President Salva Kiir appointed 550 lawmakers from all parties who signed the revitalized peace accord. The appointment came days after he dissolved the National Legislative Assembly and Council States.

According to the peace deal, both R-TNLA and Council of States shall be reconstituted to include new appointees from other peace parties.

The deal says TNLA will be expanded from 400 to 550 members, comprising representatives from the peace parties, where the former Transitional government will nominate 332 members, SPLM-IO will have 128, and South Sudan Opposition Alliance, 50. Other political parties shall have 30 representatives, while former detainees will nominate 10 members.

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According to the deal, the Council of States shall also be expanded from 50 members to 100. However, the president revitalized the assembly to consists of 550 lawmakers, with the majority from his governing SPLM party, followed by Dr Riek Machar’s Sudan People Liberation Movement – In Opposition (SPLM-IO).

Other members appointed were from South Sudan Opposition Alliance, former political detainees, National Agenda, and Democratic Change Party.

Among the major pending tasks is the unification of the forces into one national professional army, a task stipulated in Chapter II of the 2018 peace agreement.

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