The South Sudanese groups currently engaged in peace negotiations in Khartoum, have initialed an agreement on government and power sharing in their country.
The talks are under the auspice of President Omar Bashir and the umbrella of the IGAD organization. In June the south Sudanese rival groups, including government and armed opposition signed a permanent ceasefire declaration within a Khartoum Agreement for Peace in South Sudan. Today’s agreement was signed at the Sudan Higher Security Academy by representatives of the government of South Sudan, the Riek Machar group, a group of the alliance of opposition political parties, the civil society organizations and the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and the representative of IGAD signed as witnesses. The representatives of former political detainees and Sawa group have expressed reservation over some points, with the facilitators saying discussion would continue with these groups The agreement stipulated that South Sudan President Salva Kiir continues as president of south Sudan during the interim period while Dr Riek Machar would assume the post of the First Vice President during the interim period.The agreement stipulated four Vice Presidents that would be among the various political forces The agreement calls for formation of a council of ministers composed of 35 ministers of whom 20 from the government and 9 from MACHAR groups against 3 for the Sawa grouping and 2 for the former political detainees and one for the other political forcesIt also called for the formation of a parliament composed of 550 MPs, with 332 for the government and 128 from Machar group, 50 for the opposition political forces and 30 for the political forces, 10 for the former political detainees.