South Sudan envoy tells off Igad after Kerry’s remarks on leadership changes
Tuesday August 23 2016
Newly appointed Vice President of South Sudan, Taban Deng Gai (left) and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir at State House in Juba on July 26, 2016. PHOTO | AFP
A South Sudan diplomat has told off regional leaders who have been pressing for the reinstatement of the sacked vice president Riek Machar asking them ‘to hear loudly and clearly’ US Secretary of State John Kerry’s endorsement of the changes.
At press conference in Nairobi on Monday, Mr Kerry said the August 2015 peace agreement allowed for replacement of personnel in the transition government.
James Morgan, South Sudan representative to the African Union (AU) told “those who have been calling the changes in the SPLM-IO illegal,” a thinly veiled dig at the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (Igad) that Article 6.4 of the Agreement gives the leadership of the SPLM-IO the legal rights to nominate a replacement for Dr Machar.