Govt vows to hold elections in 2023

South Sudan Information Minister and government spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth speaks during the Interview with TRC Journalist on Friday, 20 August 2021

South Sudan transitional government of national unity say they are ready to hold general elections on time despite slow implementation of the revitalized peace deal.

Michael Makuei Lueth is the minister of information in the revitalized national unity government. He says the government is committed to fulfill the agreement and will have unified army forces established before holding election in 2023.

Makuei dismissed the crackdown of civil coalition that are calling for public uprising to bring down the government for failing to implement the agreement.

He said the election is the solution to end the power sharing and have a government that is chosen by the people.

“It’s the election that will reduce this mess which the agreement has established—that party who passes takeover fully. There will be no more compromises. There will be no more accommodations,” said Makuei.

He said they are concerns as a government of the division within the SPLM in opposition but says that will not derail the implementation of the agreement. “If the IO is divided, it’s their internal issues. Last week the President appealed to both parties to cease the hostilities. Unfortunately, there have been clashes for three days. This is what we don’t want,” Makuei said.

Makuei denied the involvement of the government and said there is no way they can work against a partner to the peace agreement. He urged the SPLM IO factions to have dialogues and resolved their differences amicable.

“There is an indication from the Opposition or from the IO suspecting the incumbent transitional government to have done this, which is unfair. There is no way we can work against the partner to the peace agreement.” 

Earlier this month, a faction within the SPLM/A-IO emerged and declared to have removed Dr. Riek Mach and appoint Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual as interim Chairman.

Dr. Riek Machar. The SPLM-IO political bureau in Juba disregarded the declaration’s group cited as not the party’s leadership.

On Thursday, the Sudanese Prime Minister and Chair of IGAD, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, arrived in Juba. Part of his visit is to examine the implementation status of the Revitalized Peace Agreement with parties.

Dr. Hamdok was also expected to mediate peace dialogue between the SPLM/A In Opposition factions.

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