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Kiir, Riek fail to agree on contentious issues

Author : | Published: Thursday, March 5, 2015

President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar have disagreed on the reintegration of the armed forces, the structure of the government and the system of governance during the transitional period.

They met in Addis Ababa last evening to try to resolve these contentious issues.

The spokesman of the government delegation at the peace talks, Michael Makuei Lueth, says the two leaders disagreed on most of the outstanding issues.

In power sharing, he says the SPLM in Opposition wants to be represented at the state and county levels.

The Opposition says the national parliament should also be dissolved and reconstituted.

But the government says power sharing should be at the national level only and the two houses of parliament should not be changed.

The government says 68 seats can be added to the current number to make 400 MPs in the national assembly while the Council of States will be intact.

The opposition also wants the national elections commission, the judiciary and the constitutional review commission to be dissolved and re-established.

The opposition also wants the elections commission to carry out the polls jointly with the United Nations.

But the government says it could only accept the reconstitution of these institutions.

President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar met for the third time last evening but could not resolve the issues.

Makuei Lueth says the outstanding issues may hopefully be resolved today.

“The mediators have requested to have meetings with the two principals separately, after which we will sit on the other three outstanding issues left: the questions of the structures of the government and institutional reforms, and hopefully we will agree,” Mr Makuei.

IGAD says the international community will impose a peace agreement if the two principals don’t reach an agreement today.

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