Nov 9, 2020 (Thessherald)– The South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir Mayardit is planning to return the country to controversial 32 states, according to senior government officials interviewed by Sudans Post on Monday.
This comes as the president reportedly met with the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE)- an informal group of elders – to discuss the stalled implementation of the peace agreement.
“There was a meeting of the Jieng Council of Elders on Saturday and President Salva [had] made it very clear to the people who attended the meeting that he wants to return the country to thirty-two states,” the official revealed on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisal.
“As you have seen the reaction of the citizens of some counties of Upper Nile states against that decision [to return to ten states], this is affecting the implementation of the agreement and any way forward must base on the 32 states for a successful implementation of the revitalized peace agreement,” the official added.
President Kiir, who appears to have been emboldened by the recent change of administration in the United States, is expected to visit Washington two weeks before the inauguration of the newly elected US President, Joe Biden, in January 2020.
Today, President Kiir congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their election victory.
“On behalf of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity and People of South Sudan, I congratulate President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Devi Harris for winning the trust of the American people,” the Office of the President said on Monday.
“We look forward to working constructively with your administration to build on our historic relations with the goal of consolidating peace in South Sudan, the region and globally. Once again, congratulations for winning the trust of American people.”