Machar hints at quitting Kiir’s SPLM

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar attends the 28th Extraordinary Summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Head of State and Government in Addis Ababa November 6, 2014. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (ETHIOPIA - Tags: POLITICS PROFILE HEADSHOT)

Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of the former South Sudanese vice-president, Riek Machar, held consultations at their Pagak headquarters.

Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said the consultations centred on outstanding issues in the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August 2015 by warring parties in the country.

According to a release by SPLM-IO, the leadership consultative meeting was held on January 21, 2016 Pagak, South Sudan.

On the agenda was a response by the SPLM/SPLA (IO) to 28 states created by President Salva Kiir, creating presidential advisors, seat falling vacant in the parliament and how to fill the seat (s) and SPLM reunification.


The SPLM/SPLA (IO) resolved to stick to peace agreement and abide by the agreement stating 10 states only.

The SPLM/SPLA (IO) also resolved to accept 5 Presidential Advisors and IO will have 2 Advisors and GRSS will have 3 Advisors.

“Filling the vacant seats is to conduct by election. SPLM/SPLA (IO) supports by elections.”

On the SPLM Reunification, officials agreed that President Kiir is not for the Reunification of SPLM.

“So the SPLM (IO) might opt for a party in the future.”

In conclusion, the SPLM/SPLA (IO) 38 members of the team who came from Juba will go back to Juba today January 22, 2016 to present their resolutions to JMEC.

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