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EAST AFRICA 10 APR 2020

South Sudan’s new unity government will soon have to appoint state governors to avoid an implosion over the distribution of posts.

Of the key executive positions created under the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, the 10 state governors have yet to be appointed, nearly two months after the unity administration was set up on February 22.

On Wednesday, members of the public in the 10 states appealed to the presidency to accelerate the appointment of governors, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, presidential Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny said the disagreement over the allocation of states is delaying the appointment of governors.

“The parties have not yet agreed on how many governors should be allocated to each party because of the percentages—45 per cent against 65 per cent. The 45 per cent is to go to all the opposition groups, including the In Opposition (SPLM-IO), South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), and OPP,” he said.

The SPLM-IO is the group that split from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and is led by First Vice President Riek Machar.

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