In Summary
  • Igad council of ministers reject President Kiir's suggestion that the government be formed in a year’s time.

  • They also directed that “all steps necessary be taken to expedite the implementation of the pending tasks, within this extended non-renewable timeline.”

Regional bloc, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad), has endorsed the proposal to delay the formation of the South Sudan transitional unity government by six months, but warned that the pre-transition period extension is final.

Meeting in the South Sudanese capital of Juba on Wednesday, the Igad council of ministers, the bloc’s second most powerful organ, rejected the suggestion from President Salva Kiir that the government be formed in a year’s time.

PENDING ISSUES

The ministers said six months would be sufficient to address the pending issues that forced the postponement of the transitional government which was to be created on May 12.

“The council endorses the requests of the Parties to the R-ARCSS to extend the pre-transitional period for six months effective May 12, 2019,” the ministers said in a communique released on Thursday.

They also directed that “all steps necessary be taken to expedite the implementation of the pending tasks, within this extended non-renewable timeline.”

The stance of the ministers came after President Kiir proposed that six months was not enough to iron out the pending issues, and instead suggested that the timeline be extended to 12 months.

President Kiir proposal though contradicted his view last week where he had accused his co-principal Riek Machar of deliberately frustrating efforts to form a government of national unity, and warned he would go ahead and create one.

Known formally as the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), it was signed last year in August and followed with a number of ceasefire agreements in December. The parties led by President Salva Kiir and former First Vice President Riek Machar had given themselves eight months to create the transitional government of national unity (TGoNU). 

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