March 5, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan president Salva Mayardit has formed a preparatory committee tasked with making the arrangements for an upcoming meeting expected to bring together rival groups within the leadership of the ruling Sudan People’s liberation Movement (SPLM). JPEG – 9.7 kb South Sudan president Salva Kiir arrives at Khartoum Airport on 3 Sepember 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah) The eight-member committee will be primarily responsible for preparing the agenda for the next meeting of the SPLM political committee.
It is not clear what issues the committee will discuss, but multiple sources and officials with direct knowledge of the arrangement have told Sudan Tribune that the focus of the meeting would be on internal reconciliation among the party’s leaders.
Members of the committee loyal to the government were expected to travel to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Wednesday, where a meeting is planned to take place.
The meeting is reportedly facilitated by the ruling parties of Ethiopia (EPRDF) and South Africa (ANC) due to their knowledge of the current crisis in the governing SPLM.
Daniel Awet, a member of the political bureau and close ally of the president, confirmed the formation of the committee and the convening of the […]