Political power struggle raises concerns in South Sudan

Following the president's dismissal of his governmeny, some believe that the ruling party SPLM chaired by Mayardit could be divided, while some others think the presidential elections due in 2015 could be suspended.

Political power struggle raises concerns in South Sudan

World Bulletin/News Desk

Concerns over the possible political power struggle in South Sudan have escalated as President Salva Kiir Mayardit dismissed on Tuesday his entire government, including Vice President Riek Machar, and also removed all deputy ministers.

Furthermore, an investigation was launched against Pagan Amum, secretary-general of Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) and South Sudan’s chief negotiator in talks with Sudan.

What lies behind the political crisis triggered recently is believed to be the fact that president Mayardit and vice president Machar come from different tribes.

The fact that Machar adopted a policy that was persistently criticising the government, despite his position in it, was seen as one of the main reasons of the crisis.

Moreover, Machar announced before his powers were clipped in April that he would be interested in running for presidential elections in 2015.

Following the recent developments, some believe that the ruling party SPLM chaired by Mayardit could be divided, while some others think the presidential elections due in 2015 could be suspended.

The government is now being run by under-secretaries until further notice.

South Sudan, which is the youngest independent country in the world, has been facing political confusion for 2 years now.

The constitution in force establishes a mixed presidential system of government headed by a president who is head of state, head of government, and commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

Last Mod: 26 Temmuz 2013, 16:51
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