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Why transitional period should be extended

Author : | Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A research institute and a civil society group say the transitional period should be extended to allow for implementation of important provisions in the 2015 peace deal.

The Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan indicates that the transitional period should end next year.

The Center for Peace and Development and the Voluntary Civil Society Task Force say 75 percent of the transitional period has elapsed “without significant achievements”.

Over 25 percent of the provisions have not been implemented by the primary parties, according to the groups.

Rajab Mohandis, the executive director South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Elections (SSuNDE), who spoke on behalf of the two groups said it is impossible to complete the remaining parts of the deal in the given time-frame.

“The agreement did not succeed in ending violence, restoring stability, reforming public institutions and improving the living conditions of ordinary citizens across South Sudan,” he told the media Monday.

“It’s therefore no longer possible to complete the remaining bulk of commitments of the peace agreement within the specified timeframe of the transitional period,” Mohandis argues.

The IGAD proposed revitalization forum to be held next month will develop a revised and realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards a democratic election at the end of the transitional period.

“The renewed timeline should be flexible in permitting a very limited extension of the transitional period to June 2020 to allow for full implementation of the revitalized agreement,” he added.

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