(Thessherald)-The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) a coalition of opposition parties, has finally nominated Hussein Abdelbagi Akol as the 5th Vice President in the Revitalized Transitional Transitional Government of National Unity.
Since last week, the opposition alliance has been undecided and unable to select one nominee from its five candidates for the position of Vice President in the new unity government.
Last week on Thursday, the group submitted to President Kiir a list of five candidates, asking him to choose from among the five, a capable leader who fits for the position of Vice President, a move that has come under heavy criticism on social media.
South Sudan’s government and the opposition signed a peace agreement in September 2018, aimed at ending protracted civil civil war that has killed approximately 400,000 people forced million from the homes.
The agreement stipulates that, apart from the President and the First Vice President, there shall be four Vice Presidents in the Republic of South Sudan, who shall be nominated as follows:
1- Vice President to be nominated by Incumbent TGoNU to oversee Economic Cluster;
2- Vice President to be nominated by SSOA to oversee Services Delivery Cluster;
3-Vice President to be nominated by Incumbent TGoNU to oversee Infrastructure Cluster;
and 4- Vice President to be nominated by FDs, who shall be a woman, Gender and Youth Cluster.
More over, the agreement spelt out that the Council of Ministers of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity shall be composed of about 35 Ministries:
- Twenty Ministries for the Incumbent TGoNU under the Kiir administration:
- Nine Ministries for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO (SPLM/A-IO):
- Three Ministries for the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSO)A:
- Two Ministries for FDs and;
- One Ministry for the Other Political Parties (OPP).
Hussein Abdelbagi Akol is a senior member of the South Sudan Patriotic Movement (SSPM), an opposition faction that’s part of the R-ARCSS.
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