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JUBA - 15 Feb 2018

Rights body urges parties to reject four vice presidents proposal

A South Sudanese human rights body has called on all parties at the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa not to accept the draft proposal of the East African regional bloc IGAD to allow South Sudan’s president appoint four vice presidents in the country.

The Center for Peace and Justice (CPJ) said in a statement extended to Radio Tamazuj this afternoon that four deputy presidents in government will make decisions impossible at some points.

CPJ’s executive director Tito Anthony said that the formation of a transitional government in South Sudan based on the IGAD proposal could cause misunderstandings.

“It will not be easy for the four vice presidents and the president to reach a consensus on contentious issues,” he said.

The rights body urged the regional bloc to maintain the previous government structure of the president and his two deputies.