President Salva Kiir Mayardit has reconstituted the Council of States per the revitalized peace agreement. Members from parties to the deal were appointed in a republican decree read on SSBC this evening, July 3rd.
Chapter 1.14 in the R-ARCSS requires the parties to reconstituted both houses with MPs nominated based on the deal’s ratio allocated. The Council of States is to expand from 50 to 100 members as stated in the agreement.
In separate republican order, Kiir revoked the appointment of 35 members to the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) from the SPLM include two South Sudan Opposition Alliance’s appointees.
The President reinstated MPs elected in 2010 who were left out in the earlier appointment replaced the lawmakers relieved.
The move came ahead of South Sudan’s 10th independence anniversary on July 9th. Several sources suggested that TNLA and Council States members will be sworn into office during Independence Day.
IGAD Council of Ministers’ 72 Extra Ordinary Meeting called the Unity government to expedite the reconstitution of the Council of States, the States Legislature in accordance to the agreement signed in 2018.
In May, President Kiir expanded the parliament with appointment of 550 MPs.