South Sudan leaders agree to reunify ruling party

Published on Wednesday, 21st of January 2015

The leaders of the ruling party of South Sudan have agreed to reunify the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) during the Intra-Party Dialogue Process in Tanzania.

The three groups of the ruling party of South Sudan have agreed on major steps in order to reunify the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) during the Intra-SPLM Dialogue Process in Arusha, Tanzania. In a signing ceremony on 21 January, the leaders of the SPLM signed an agreement outlining the way forward for the re-unification of the party, including political, organisational and leadership issues. The parties have also settled on the principles and means of implementation.

The agreement was signed by Cde. Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of South Sudan; Cde. Riek Machar, Chairman of SPLM-In Opposition; and Cde. Deng Alor Kuol, Head of Delegation for Former Detainees. President of Tanzania Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is the guarantor of the ceremony.

SPLM handshake

The signing ceremony concludes a new round of Intra-SPLM Dialogue process that has taken place between 8-21 January between SPLM in Government, SPLM in Opposition and SPLM Former Detainees. The meeting was organised by the Tanzanian government and its ruling party (CCM), and supported by CMI (Crisis Management Initiative).

The first round of the Dialogue Process took place on 12-20 October 2014. It led to the signing of the Framework Agreement for the principles, objectives and agenda for the process aimed at addressing the root causes of the internal crisis within the SPLM and the reunification of the party. A second round of the Dialogue was held between 22-24 December 2014.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, descended into civil war in December 2013. The conflict has already caused immense human suffering. It is estimated that thousands have lost their lives and approximately 1.4 million people have had to leave their homes.

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