Machar backs down on General Olony’s appointment

Opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar |Photo: File

Nov 29, 2020 (Thessherald)–The leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO (SPLM-IO) has backed away from the long-awaited appointment of Gen. Johnson Olony, noting that it will press ahead with the formation of other states governments, except for Upper Nile.

“The SPLM/SPLA (IO) Leadership meeting in Juba has resolved and agreed that nine states governments should be formed, including counties administrations across the country,” said the Office of the Vice-President.

Adding that, “Its lists shall be submitted for the appointments, except for Upper Nile state. Upper Nile state will wait until its governor is appointed.”

The opposition group resolved that the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly should be formed as a matter of urgency in accordance with the provisions of the peace agreement.

“The national legislature should be reconstituted.”

The SPLM-IO agreed to be part of the ongoing peace talks currently underway between the government and the South Sudan Movements Alliance (SSOMA) brokered by the Community of Sant’Egidio in Rome.

“The SPLM-IO recommits to the Rome Initiative and will have its team in the R-TGONU delegation traveling to Rome for talks with SSOMA.”

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