President Kiir: Permanent constitution to reflect nationalism 

South Sudan President Gen: Salva Kiir Mayardit opening the workshop of permanent constitution making process on Tuesday 25th May in Juba.

South Sudan president Kiir Mayardit has instructed stakeholders in the permanent constitution-making process to reflect the citizens’ interest and spirit of nationalism in the amendment. The constitution amendment is expected to be accomplished within four months.

Stakeholders to the Revitalize Peace Agreement unveiled workshop for permanent constitutional making process on Tuesday. The event was attended by the president, prime minister of Sudan, IGAD, parties to the agreement, diplomats, and high dignitaries’ delegates.

The convened workshop was organized by Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) with Germany-based Max Planck Foundation support.

President Kiir strongly emphasized that the constitution-making process is vital in the agreement that “should reflect expression for freedom, equality, justice, and prosperity for all.”

He recognized the importance of public participation in the constitution amendment process, which he the launching of the permanent constitution-making process marks the critical implementation for provision of the agreement to resolve the conflict in the country.”

He warned that citizens’ views are significant; it should be a people-driven process that we cannot violate. President reiterated his commitment to not taking the country back to war, commending that political differences should be resolved through consensus.

Prime minister of Sudan and IGAD chairperson Abdalla Hamdok urged the parties to implement the security arrangement for smooth implementation of the peace deal. 

He says the constitution context matter, and it should address history expression, unity, development, and diversity of South Sudanese culture. 

“You need to embark on the wide range of consultation; people’s views should be taken into consideration. The constitution will help us to build consensus and articulated collective views of South Sudan.”

IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan Ismail Wais says the constitution-making process provides South Sudan an opportunity to pave the way for a peaceful settlement. The workshop’s outcome will form the basis of drafting the legislation to govern the permanent constitution-making process. 

Mr. Ismail asked the inclusivity, democracy, transparency and meaningful participation to all South Sudanese. 

“The making of the permanent constitution to usher new democratic order particularly in the post-conflict setting where the country is transitioning from the conflict to peacebuilding remained daunting challenges.” 

RJMEC chairperson Charles Tai Gatuai says a new constitution is expected to guide the conduct of the election at the end of the transitional period guarantee good governance, constitutionalism, human rights, and gender equality.  

Tai advised the process requires a lot of political, technical, financial, and logistical support. He appealed to RTGoNU, regional guarantors, international partners to support the process thoroughly.

The process designing the path to a durable constitution for South Sudan.

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