South Sudan’s legislators will be sworn in on martyrs’ day
The Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly’s (R-TNLA) clerk’s office has stated that recently appointed members of the reconstituted National Assembly and Council of States will be sworn in on Friday, which also happens to be martyrs’ day.
“The office of the clerk to the Transitional National Legislature, RSS, thus announces that the swearing-in of honourable members of both houses is planned for Friday, 30th July 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Freedom Hall,” according to a document obtained by NCMP.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit reformed both the upper and lower chambers in May, when he nominated nearly 500 legislators representing various parties to the renewed peace deal.
However, the legislators have not yet been sworn in.
Parties to the peace agreement delayed reconstruction of both the upper and lower chambers for more than a year, despite the establishment of the executive branch of government.
According to observers, the absence of a functioning parliament hampered the passage of legislation assisting the transitional processes, particularly the changes outlined in the peace accord.