South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir on Sunday said opposition leader, Riek Machar could become the country’s second vice-president, if he agrees to join his government.
Speaking at Juba airport on arrival from the United States where he attended the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, Kiir disclosed that the international community had demanded for the creation of a prime minister’s position, something he opposed.
“They [international community] said what should we do? How do we bring peace? I said if you want these people to join the government, I can expand my government and bring people that I want to work with,” said the president.
Senior South Sudan military official joins rebels
A senior official from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) has defected to the country’s treble forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar, rebel officials in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.
Major general Dau Deng Ahecyol said he had decided to join Machar’s SPLM/A in Opposition as South Sudan’s ruling SPLM party under the leadership of president Salva Kiir had failed to bring peace and development to the young African nation.
Ahecyol has vowed to fight for regime change either through dialogue or military means to ensure peace and stability are restored in the fractured country.
The U.N. Security Council urgently called Friday for South Sudan’s feuding political leaders to resolve a mounting crisis and threatened targeted sanctions against those who thwart peace efforts.
A presidential statement approved by all 15 council members pressed President Salva Kiir and former vice president and current rebel leader Riek Machar to implement a cease-fire and form a transitional government by Sunday.