Confirmed: Head of High-Level Task Force Abdelbagi tested positive for COVID-19

Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi Akol speaking to reporters in the capital Juba/Photo: SSBC

May 27, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s Vice President for Service Cluster, H. E. Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, has tested positive for Coronavirus, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Wednesday.

Akol was the newly appointed Chairperson of the National Taskforce on COVID-19 after the previous Task Force headed by President Kiir and First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar was dissolved last week.

“The result was announced today. We wish him a quick recovery together with the rest in his family and office,” said the statement issued by the Office of the First Vice-President.

Vice President Akol is the fourth senior government official to publicly announce his positive status, after the First Vice President, Dr. Rick Machar, announced, in a televised address, that he had contracted the virus along with other senior members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation has documented more than 1000 cases of the Coronavirus (COVID).

NAS under Khalid Butrus congratulates President Kiir on appointment of Abdelbagi

Hussein Abdelbagi Akol is a senior member of the South Sudan Patriotic Movement (SSPM), an opposition faction that’s part of the R-ARCSS.

(Thessherald)–The National Salvation Front, a member of the coalition group led by Khalid Butrus Bora – sends its congratulatory message, welcoming and backing the recent appointment of Hussein Abdelbagi to the position of Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan.

“The entire leadership of the National Salvation Front (NAS) congratulates President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E General Salva Kirr Mayardit on the appointment of H.E Hussein Abdelbagi Akol as Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan on the ticket of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA),” the NAS leadership said in a statement extended to the South Sudan Herald.

The National Salvation Front lauded President Kiir’s decision and praised Hussein Abdelbagi for being an ideal leader who deserves such a high-level position in the unity government.

“The NAS leadership contented with the President’s patriotic decision of appointing H.E. Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, one of the outstanding leaders of SSOA. On the same note NAS leadership congratulate H.E. Hussein Abdelbagi Akol on winning the trust of SSOA. We trust your ability to work closely with the President to promote sustainable peace and deliver services to the People of Republic of South Sudan.

Hussein Abdelbagi was picked on Sunday by the President after the opposition parties failed to select one representative from among the five contesting candidates nominated by all SSOA factions.

However, his appointment was rejected by the National Democratic Movement headed by prominent opposition leader Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, citing that the appointment was not in line with the provisions of the peace agreement.



SSOA selects Hussein Abdelbagi as 5th Vice President

Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, a senior member of the South Sudan Patriotic Movement (SSPM), (Photo: File)

(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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