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Civil society proposes ‘consociation’ government

Author : | Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A South Sudanese civil society group has proposed to the warring parties the formation of an inclusive government that involves all the stakeholders during the transitional period.

The Citizens for Peace and Justice says such a government will include the opposition political parties, the former political detainees and the civil society.

It says the warring parties can adopt this government as an alternative to a government of technocrats.

The Secretary of the Citizens for Peace and Justice, David Deng, says a technocrats’ government would be appropriate during the interim, but it excludes the top political leadership who are involved in the conflict.

“Power sharing is a type of consociation,” said Mr Deng.

“Typically, power sharing is between the two parties that have military power, for example the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was a power sharing arrangement where the national government in Sudan and the SPLM in the south shared power amongst themselves.

“A consociation is more inclusive and it will involve the different stakeholders, the opposition political parties would be involved, the former political detainees would be involved in addition to the two warring parties, and then civil society would be given a robust role in terms of monitoring the implementation of the agreement, in terms of emphasizing the principles and values.”

Mr. Deng also said the civil society groups proposed that the transitional period should be either two or three years.

However, the spokesperson of the government delegation to the peace talks, Michael Makuei Lueth, says they want a political government that solves political problems.

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