War on: Between Toothless IGAD and John Kerry, IGAD says Taban Deng Gai must stand down as South Sudan’s First Vice President


August 29, 2016 

 President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the President's Office in Juba, South Sudan, on May 2, 2014.  The South Sudan's president and rebel chief will meet for direct talks Friday in Ethiopia in a bid to stem a brutal civil war, mediators from the bloc of regional nations said Wednesday.AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has insisted that the controversially appointed Vice President of South Sudan General Taban Deng Gai must step down and let rebel leader Riek Machar take back his position as the legitimate First Vice President.

IGAD yesterday indicated they were willing to become accomodative and let Taban Deng gai However the organisation has said they have not changed their position in a communiqué released last month which called for the newly appointed First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, to step down and for Machar to resume his work as the first deputy president.

The comments from IGAD came days after the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, said the replacement process was an internal matter and did not break the peace agreement.

Kerry made the comments while on a visit to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi last week.

However, IGAD member states including Ethiopia which chairs the body, “questioned” John Kerry’s comments, according to the CCTV Africa which reported from Addis Ababa on Friday.

They reaffirmed their position that Machar is the legitimate First Vice President, who should assume his post upon arrival in Juba, the South Sudanese capital.

 

Opposition officials on the other hand said Gai is liked by Kiir because he will not ask for the full implementation of the peace deal, but will instead allow for scrapping of major provisions and block the needed reforms in the country.

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