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South Sudan Pushes Elections To 2017

“In our quest for peace, the cabinet has decided to call off the elections and extend the lifespan of the elected positions so that we give peace a chance,” Lueth is quoted to have told reporters.
The South Sudan government will enjoy another two years in power following the cancelation of the general election slated for June this year. Michael Makuei Lueth, the South Sudan Information minister is quoted by Bloomberg saying cabinet had resolved to extend their stay in power to July 9th 2017 to ‘give peace a chance\'. 

“In our quest for peace, the cabinet has decided to call off the elections and extend the lifespan of the elected positions so that we give peace a chance,” Lueth is quoted to have told reporters. The announcement comes just a day after High Court in South Sudan agreed to hear a case brought by opposition political parties arguing for an extension of the elections until the government had conducted a referendum. 

The announcement also comes three weeks to a meeting between warring parties to agree on a power sharing agreement. The agreement is expected to provide for among other things a transitional government period to guarantee free and fair election. 

South Sudan has been at war for 13 months after former Vice President Riek Machar and the white army waged a full scale civil war against the government of Salva Kiir which had accused them of plotting a coup. 

Attempts to get a comment from the rebel SPLM – IO spokesperson Mabior De Garang were futile as his known lines were switched off. 

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