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BREAKING: President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek will meet tomorrow to discuss election amid political crisis

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President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar shaking hands

JUBA, February 15th, 2022 – South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his first deputy Dr Riek Machar Teny will on Wednesday meet in the country’s capital Juba and discuss the prospects for elections slated for the end of the transitional period in 2023, the presidential minister has said.

President Kiir has vowed to organize the much-awaited elections in 2023 even without the consent of the opposition leaders in the country. He also said that a poll that will serve as a democracy test for South Sudan will be conducted without the population census which usually precedes elections.

For his part, First Vice President Machar says he won’t allow elections to take place in 2023 unless the security arrangements, one of the provisions of the revitalized peace agreement which provides for the reunification of the rival forces, is complete before the 2023 dateline.

Speaking to Sudan Post via a phone call from the capital Juba this evening, presidential affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said a meeting will be convened tomorrow between Kiir and Machar and will discuss the many disagreements within the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement including the would-be 2023 elections.

“This is to confirm to you that President Salva Kiir Mayardit will on Wednesday meet Dr Riek Machar Teny, the First Vice President, and the two will discuss the prospects for elections in 2023 because the time is running and His Excellency the President is worried on that,” Marial Benjamin told Sudan Post this evening from Juba.

The senior government official further said, “this meeting of the presidency will be attended by the vice-presidents and the deputy chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan, H.E. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daglo and the outcome will guide the parties in the way forward on peace implementation.”

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