South Sudan Says Political Arrangements for New Prime Minister Position Not Satisfactory

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October 8, 2014
South-SudanThe Sudan tribune reports that the government’s delegates to the IGAD-led peace talks disagreed over the powers granted to the prime minister in the new political arrangements under discussion. Information minister and government spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth was quoted as saying, “Despite the fact that there were some other outstanding issues that needed to be addressed–the most important of which is the powers of the prime minister, whose position was created in the protocol. He further added that, “The question of the competence of the prime minister has all the times been an obstacle because in terms of governance, definitely you start with the office of the president and the other offices, including the office of the prime minister.”
Mediators have announced that the talks will resume on October 16th.
Lueth said that replacing the IGAD chief mediator, Seyoum Mesfin, is an issue on hold. Lueth has said that Seyoum Mesfin favors the opposition.
IGAD has given both sides 45 days to form a transitional government based on federalism. The deadline is set to expire mid-October.
Source:: strathink.net

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