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Jonglei governor rejects IGAD power sharing proposal

Author : | Published: June 19, 2015

The Caretaker Governor of Jonglei state, John Kong, says the new IGAD proposal on power sharing could further divide the country.

The proposal states that the government will take 53% of ministerial positions at the national level, 33% for the SPLM in Opposition during the transitional period.

The former political detainees will share the remaining 14% with other political parties.

In the states affected by the conflict, mainly the Upper Nile region, IGAD says the SPLM in Opposition will take 53% of the seats and the government shares the remaining 37% with the former detainees and other parties.

Mr Koang says the proposal gives an impression that conflict is mainly for the Upper Nile region.

He made the remark to members of the SPLM caucus in the state parliament.

“I think this proposal wouldn’t succeed although they want. Nobody will accept it. Who will take that 53%?” Mr Kong asked.

“Who are those and if they are people of Upper Nile, what of those who had rebelled from Greater Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria; do they have how many percentages? Or will they be brought to greater Upper Nile?”

Both the government and the SPLM in Opposition have rejected the proposal.

IGAD is yet to announce a new date for the parties to continue with the talks.

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