South Sudan’s National Legislature Gears Up for Action as Members Register for Resumption
The National Legislature of South Sudan has launched the registration of its members, signaling the resumption of its second session on March 27th, 2023. This move comes after the national assembly went for recess on December 15th, 2022.
Confirming the registration process, the Chairperson of the Parliament’s Committee on Information and Communication, John Agany Deng, called upon all MPs to register and resume their normal work. With 550 lawmakers, the majority comprising 332 from President Salva Kiir’s governing SPLM party, the National Legislative Assembly is expected to prioritize deliberations and the passing of the enhanced salary structure for civil servants and organized forces once it resumes sittings this month.
The resumption of the National Legislature’s second session comes after the transitional government’s term was initially set to expire in 2022. However, in August last year, the parties to the 2018 peace agreement extended the transitional government’s time in office for another two years, meaning elections would be held next year in December.
The launch of the registration process has been met with a sense of relief from the public, who have been eager for progress on issues affecting the nation’s development. The enhanced salary structure for civil servants and organized forces is a critical matter that requires urgent attention, and its prioritization by the National Legislature is a welcome development.
Observers have noted that the resumption of the National Legislature’s second session presents an opportunity for lawmakers to prioritize the interests of the nation and its citizens. With the registration process now underway, the public is hopeful that the National Legislature will live up to its mandate and work towards fulfilling the aspirations of the South Sudanese people.
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