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Machar Removed from South Sudan Ruling Party

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar speaks to rebel General Peter Gatdet Yaka (not seen) in a rebel controlled territory in Jonglei State, Feb. 1, 2014.
South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar speaks to rebel General Peter Gatdet Yaka (not seen) in a rebel controlled territory in Jonglei State, Feb. 1, 2014.
Philip Aleu
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir issued an administrative order late Monday, removing former vice president Riek Machar from his position of first deputy chairman of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party.

Taban Deng Gai and Alfred Lado Gore were also dismissed from the SPLM in the order read out on state television. Both were members of the party’s governing body, the National Liberation Council (NLC).

The removal of the three men, whom the government has accused of playing a role in what Kiir has said was a failed coup on Dec. 15 that set off weeks of deadly violence in South Sudan, was approved by the NLC last week.

SPLM officials said they voted to remove the three men from the party leadership after media reports said that Machar and his supporters had set up an opposition party. 

SPLM Secretary for Political Affairs and Mobilization Antipas Nyok de Kucha said joining a different party was sufficient grounds for immediate removal from the SPLM. 

“The SPLM Constitution Article 10 talks about the loss of membership in the party. So, one of the reasons to lose SPLM membership is once you joined a different political party. Then, immediately, you can be dismissed," he said.

Kucha said no one has been selected to replace Machar.

Machar, Deng and Lado Gore either went into hiding or left South Sudan when violence erupted on Dec. 15. The government has said it has enough evidence to bring charges of treason against the three men and four other members of the SPLM who have been in detention in Juba since the fighting  broke out. All seven are accused of plotting to oust Kiir in a coup.

Kucha said the decision to remove Machar, Deng and Lado Gore from the party leadership had nothing to do with the accusations of treason against them but was based solely on the fact that they had joined another party.

Goi Jooyul Yol, a spokesman for Machar’s new party, called the SPLM in Oppostiion, said the ouster of the three men was not binding.

"We are still SPLM members. The vice chairman is still in his place until we have a real mechanism to resolve the issues of SPLM," he said, adding that the issue of whether to keep Machar and the others in the party should have been resolved at peace talks for South Sudan, which were due to resume Tuesday in Ethiopia.

Lucy Poni contributed to this story from Nairobi

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by: bejanybenjamin from: kampala
February 14, 2014 3:38 AM
We can not followed a fool ,who is kiir by da way ,we re tired of his government


by: yuol from: cueibet
February 14, 2014 2:16 AM
Riek machar is abad leader who believe in killing his own pple .Splm is a party were pple are elected freely.


by: NK
February 13, 2014 5:10 PM
Who is Salva, a fool that could be fooled by durm individuals who are also food lovers. Anyone who support a fool is a fool and Kiir is a person of no character to be matched with internatinally. If he fear political reform, that means he is fool and cannot hold any water in him being defeated. Machar is the best for us all who think he is not. He is a great leader because he hails from a pro-democratic society where one cannot fool another whatsoever.
Thanks,


by: SEBUR NYUON from: JINJA UG
February 12, 2014 11:00 AM
yes the decision to remove Machar is very right.That fool is based on trible mind and SPLM is a party for all.And i should qution the UN to please find thier level south sudan is independent and should not intall its useless conditions for a peace talk like withdraw of foreign troops the government of south sudan can handle that and UNMISS must leave they r stupid their aim is not development but exploiting


by: Anonymous
February 11, 2014 11:29 PM
He has already formed his "Resistance" Movement, exactly equivalent to Joseph Kony ' s Resistance Movement that kills, maims, enslaves, rapes, and destroys innocent people and their properties in that order. It is not too late for ICC to declare him "wanted"

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by: Anonymous
February 12, 2014 11:45 PM
Backward regimes and groups never cease to amaze! On one hand they want UN out because S-Sudan is -so called Independent, while on the other hand some want ICC help prosecute some one that has spoken out against the backward ways of Kiir the puppet of regional warlords trying to impose a dictatorship in S-Sudan following a model currently in Uganda and Rwanda! USA has a lot of baby nations it caters for, and not many of them seem mature to manage affairs well. The only exceptions are Tanzania and Ethiopia may be, to a little extent Kenya. The rest are just run by power hungry, ego centered warlords that believe in the power of the gun and militia, not genuine debate, free and fair elections or democacy


by: John jal wuor from: Uganda
February 11, 2014 10:13 PM
We should not add more fuel on fire who have right to dismiss ? And who owned the Splm? It is the Nlc and political bureau to deliberate on matter of who deserve to be remove from the party according to his or her misbehavior , otherwise we are beating the drum of war.


by: unknown
February 11, 2014 6:49 PM
The reason 60 percent defected is coz majority of the army was composed on Nuer, loyal to Riek and had been groomed for a very long time. They started coming back to government army after failed coup.


by: Anonymous from: Mars
February 11, 2014 3:50 PM
If the only way Kiir can cling to power is by Mercenaries borrowed from Uganda and probably Rwanda and the defunct M23 and other militias from Dafur, then he has totally failed to lead/govern. It is fool hardy to try and wish the problems in his Army away. Having 60% of ones own national army defect is not a good sign. Probably he should sign an agreement to Annex South Sudan to Uganda. But if he wants to resolve the issue well, then IGAD/UN binding decisions may of some help. Uganda has no money to fight a long war without help and handouts from USA & The EU.

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