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    South Sudan's Kiir: No Interim Government Without Me as President

    South Sudan President Salva Kiir
    South Sudan President Salva Kiir
    Philip Aleu
    South Sudan President Salva Kiir insisted Thursday he is committed to ending more than six months of conflict in his young country through dialogue, but said he will only agree to a peace deal if it guarantees that he will lead the transitional government.

    “They intend to constitute a transitional government without me as the elected president," Mr. Kiir said in a speech to the National Assembly.

    "They want to bring somebody of their choice to be the president of that transitional government. That... is a red line,” he said to applause from the lawmakers present. 

    Kiir said the aim behind setting up a transitional government was to dismantle the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Party (SPLM), and warned members of parliament that they will lose their seats if the move goes ahead.

    “The whole intention is to dismantle the SPLM, which they believe has become a very strong monster in South Sudan and it must be downsized to a level that gives room to be challenged and be defeated," Mr. Kiir said.

    "I am very clear on this. The members of this august house were elected by their constituencies, represent them in accordance to the transitional constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, and nobody on this earth will be allowed to dishonor their legitimacy. As the President of the Republic of South Sudan, I will never allow this thing to happen," he said.
    The whole intention is to dismantle the SPLM, which they believe has become a very strong monster in South Sudan...


    Mr. Kiir was addressing the lawmakers a week after he and his rival in South Sudan's six-month-old conflict, Riek Machar, pledged at a summit of East African leaders in Addis Ababa to set up a transitional government within 60 days and to allow immediate, unhindered access to the hundreds of thousands of people in need created by the war.

    But on Thursday, Mr. Kiir rejected what he said was a proposal to form an interim government without him. He told the lawmakers he would be prepared to expand the cabinet but vowed that those in elected positions would remain in office.


    Dec. 15 unrest was a coup bid


    He also reiterated his claim that the fighting in South Sudan was triggered by an attempted coup, led by Machar, who was vice president of South Sudan until Mr. Kiir fired him and the rest of his cabinet in July last year. 
    I always say that if there was no coup, how did fighting start?


    “Those elements that please themselves in the agenda of regime change have fallen into the deception that, on 15th of December, President Salva Kiir created a story of a coup in South Sudan while in fact there was a rebellion within, there was no coup. I always say that if there was no coup, how did fighting start?” he said.


    IGAD 'stupid' comment


    Mr. Kiir also spoke publicly for the first time about an off-color comment attributed to a top official in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the regional bloc that has been mediating peace talks for South Sudan since January.

    IGAD’s Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim was quoted in media reports as saying Mr. Kiir and Machar were stupid if they thought South Sudan's crisis can be resolved on the battlefield. The two sides have signed at least three peace agreements, none of which has held.
     
    Immediately after Maalim's comment came to light, Mr. Kiir sent a letter of protest to IGAD Chair, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, asking for an apology and for Maalim to be punished.

    On Thursday, Mr. Kiir said it was unacceptable to refer to him, a head of state, as "stupid." He said the government delegation will only return to the peace talks in Addis Ababa when he has had a response from Desalegn to his letter of protest.

    Machar has also responded to the off-color comment by Maalim, calling it "unfortunate" but saying it should not cause the peace talks to stall.

    Hours after Mr. Kiir's speech, IGAD issued a statement to say the negotiations will resume on Friday.

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    by: Wadar from: Nairobi
    July 11, 2014 6:18 PM
    Pliz ma dear what s done by salva kiir s not good bc good president cannot kill ciillian

    by: Mayen chaw from: Kampala
    June 30, 2014 11:26 PM
    It is unbecoming to have trasitional goverment led by noneother than president kiir mayardit

    by: Nyakor from: USA
    June 22, 2014 6:01 PM
    Salva Kirr, i'm so sorry to hear that no interim government will work without you. This describes you fully as a dictator. You don't feel sorry about how people are dying in your hands? You've created a mess in this country. I'm so thankful to God for showing his mercy to you, giving you enough time to destroy his nation. In my opinion, you should be gone by now. The only solution for you is to simply resign. You just need to leave because nobody needs you anymore. People who think you are a great president are liars and they are not telling you the truth. If you are wise enough to take advice, please resign. If you won't agree with resignation, it would be a good idea to ask God to help you decide.

    Proverbs 12:15
    15 The way of a fool is right in his own opinion,
    but the one who listens to advice is wise.

    God bless you and thank goodness for all of the people in the world who are helping with this problem in so many ways. We will keep praying for God and God will help you bring peace in his nation.

    by: hassan ahmed baker from: ugand
    June 21, 2014 7:25 PM
    realy mr kirr is stupid,i thanks all (IGAD) IN SOUTH SUDAN THERE IS MANY WISE PEOPLE THAN FOOL ONE,DR RIEK MACHAR IS MAN OF PEOPLE HE KNOW HOW TO LED THE NATION OF SOUTH SUDAN.THE SOLUTION FOR EVERY THING IS WAR.LET THE DR.RIEK START THE WAR AGAINT,BECAUSE THE THE FOOL NEVER UNDERSTAND,WHAT WE MEAN BY INTERIM GOVERNMENT.SOUT SUDAN IT BECOME BAD BECAUSE OF HIM.WE ARE TOGATHER WITH YOU DR:RIEK MACHAR TENY.IS MAN OF JUSTICE AND EQUALITY.NAATH ,NAATH.NAATH.NAATH
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    by: Mayen chaw from: Kampala
    June 30, 2014 11:54 PM
    You are stupid,if not,why do you abused the president?. Machar will never be a flag raiser because nobody like him and you knew nothing politics in south sudan.

    by: Michael Ater from: Wau
    June 21, 2014 3:11 AM
    It shows that there is horn of gov't in South Sudan.my thanks goes to President Kiir

    by: Anonymous
    June 21, 2014 1:26 AM
    thank for your decision mr presiendent like stop war and bring peace in south sudan

    by: nyahriik from: google
    June 20, 2014 12:00 PM
    greedy de
    cision

    by: Lisa from: Tx
    June 19, 2014 11:22 PM
    The presendent of south Sudan said his political party have become monster. his ministers are fools, his army is evil, and his government is controlled by devil. Facts kiir say No transitional government without him, remember he is left with one year in the office. Facts. People are calling for peace but he draw a red line if he is voted out, facts he said nobody in this world will dishonor him as presendent of s.Sudan. Facts he told the august house that they are elected from their constituency, so let them ask whom do they preferred inorder to stay in their position. he never mentioned the word peace and also the suffering of his people. Mr presendent of south Sudan your untouchable but Jesus will set us free from you. In the last talk i said splm will be the one to object the peace in south Sudan. I did ask for vote towards the end of kirr term. But splm/A pretend that Dr riek wanted to overthrew him, which was not true but instead kiir wanted to be presendent for third term . we have not seen any development. Why kiir is behaving like mad cow. He is sick just like that sick mad cow.
    A man without human feeling is just useless under the sun. He is evil. Kiir is nomore studip or jackass but pure evil.

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