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Warrap protests against provisions in proposed peace deal

Author : | Published: Friday, August 14, 2015

Business came to a standstill in Kuajok town in Warrap Sate on Thursday when more than 1,000 people took to the streets to protest against the proposed compromise agreement.

They said they don’t accept the power sharing formula in the Upper Nile region and the period of reintegrating the two forces.

Mediators under IGAD-Plus have suggested that the SPLM in Opposition takes 53% of power in the three states affected the conflict; 33% for the government and 14% for the former political detainees and other parties.

They also proposed that the two forces will be integrated within the first 18 months of a transitional period of two and half years.

The demonstrators include members of the state alliance, civil society activists, representatives of the national civil society alliance from Juba and the community.

They marched from the theater ground, through the freedom square and the main market, to the state parliament.

“As you have listened to the petition of civil society in Warrap state, it indicates that we are rejecting the two armies in one state,” said Benjamin Bang Bang, head of civil society alliance in the state. “We are rejecting the so-called 53% to the SPLM in opposition.”

MP Arop Deng Kuol received the petition on behalf of the speaker. He promised to take the document to the higher authorities:

“We have received your petition and it’s our obligation to present and to forward your petition to the higher authority.”

The warring parties discussed the proposal this week and disagreed on the key issues.

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