Salva Kiir sworn in for three year extension
President Salva Kiir was sworn in yesterday for a three year extension of his current five year mandate. The extension had been granted by parliament and means that the President’s term of office will now run until 9th July 2018.
The extension was granted after the Transitional Constitution 2011 was amended. Kiir’s former Vice-President and now leader of an armed opposition faction, Riek Machar, described the swearing in as illegitimate and called on the President to resign.
On the peace process the President indicated that he wanted to find a solution but condemned outsiders who interfered and, according to a report in the Sudan Tribune said “But you can be sure that proposals such as the one on ‘demilitarizing the national capital’ and bringing in third party units under a UN, AU or IGAD mandate will not be entertained by this government. Nor shall we accept the maintenance of two armies for 18 months and the surrender of the three Greater Upper Nile states or any state in Bahr el Ghazal or Equatoria as demanded by Riek’s rebel movement.” The statement effectively condemned the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) proposals as a non-starter.