Kiir, Machar agree on allocation of ministries and formation of R-TGNU

(Thessherald)–South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and First Vic-president Dr. Riek Machar met at the State House on Thursday, where they discussed allocation of ministerial portfolios and the formation of the coalition government.

The President of the Republic, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit and the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny met at the State House on Thursday for a consultative meeting to discuss issues related to the appointment of cabinet ministers to the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity,” the Presidency said this evening.

Speaking to the press shortly after the meeting, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Mayiik Ayii Deng said, “President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar consulted each other on the way forward for the formation of the unity government.”

South Sudan’s government and the opposition have failed in the past few weeks to make concessions on key ministerial positions.

The two leaders have come under increasing pressure from the international community to accelerate the formation of the Transitional National Unity Government.

On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council cautiously welcomed the steps taken by the parties and underscored the importance of the full implementation of the peace agreement.

“The members of the Security Council welcomed encouraging developments in South Sudan’s peace process, including the beginning of the formation of a Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGNU), and recognized that this represents a significant step towards sustainable peace by the parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan,” said the UNSC in a strongly worded statement.

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