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Now, South Sudan Parliament Grinds to a Halt

South Sudan's National Assembly
South Sudan's National Assembly

A key institution in South Sudan came to a halt Wednesday as lawmakers stopped doing parliamentary business to bicker over the way the speaker had appointed 18 new committee heads.

Among the victims of the lawmakers' anger was the presentation of the 2014/15 budget by finance minister Agrey Tisa Sabuni and a debate by lawmakers of the speech delivered last week by President Salva Kiir. Both were delayed by the hullaballoo over whether the appointment of the committee chairs was done by the rules.

Members of the ruling SPLM party were angered by the fact that speaker Manasseh Magok Rundial failed to consult with chief whip Tuilio Adongi Ayaha before he made the committee appointments last week. Then, opposition chief whip and acting minority leader Andrew Okony objected because the new chairs have previously headed other committees. Both are against parliamentary rules of procedure and led to the lawmakers rejecting the newly named committee heads.

A lawmaker who spoke on condition of anonymity said the speaker met Wednesday morning with several parliamentary officials to try to resolve the crisis, but failed to find a way out of the impasse.

Okony said the ruling party held a caucus to resolve the controversy and allow parliament to resume business.

Parliament grinding to a halt is the last thing South Sudan needs. Six months of fighting in the country have forced 1.5 million people to flee their homes and pushed it to the brink of famine. 

Peace talks led by regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), adjourned when the opposition failed to show up for the latest round and none of the January cessation-of-hostilities agreements have been respected.

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by: Bol from: Bor
June 27, 2014 5:50 AM
If SPLM/A doesn't play the rules, then why was it known as the best well organized guerrilla in the world, ever to take on the the regular army head on, to which it took three over 85% of South Sudan from Arabs and a quarter from Nuba mountains and Southern Blue Nile by force?

Some criminals in the US think that South Sudan and South Sudanese are going to be their fools to play around; but they are play with fire. For the US to be friend to serious South Sudanese people again, it must either stop playing games with South Sudanese people or it will risk fighting a silent war between South Sudanese people and its geo-political greed, which the US will not win against the South Sudanese people to be frank.

Let the US stoke that evil game it often does in Africa, but the Dinka that its hate in South Sudan in power, can just give up the presidency today and took up arms against the 'white Americans' and 'Nuers' in South Sudan and we will see how it goes.

The US has already muddled its relationship with South Sudanese, and they will see how much South Sudanese people harbor hatred with an evil that they know is for their destruction.

The arabs and English people know that, what we, South Sudanese people hate, we mean it. And the US is playing games, but it is going to get what is bargaining for.

The better the white American leave South Sudan in one piece the better for their families and everyone else; the South Sudanese have realized the criminals in the US will stop at nothing shot of seeing their evils being taken back in coffins.

by: Mr.Fox from: Juba
June 26, 2014 11:21 AM
SPLM led govt is not used to culture of rule of law & democracy.They only know isuing decrees & intimidation of pple opposed to their totalitarianism.It is a complete rubber stump parliament loaded with SPLM oyee gangs(MPs).

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