This Week in South Sudan – Week 24

Wednesday 13 June Riek Machar accepted an invitation from the Ethiopian Prime Minister to meet with the South Sudanese president Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa next week. The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) demands that a non-IGAD country hosts the meeting. Atem Garang de Kuek resigned from his position as the SPLM Chief Whip in… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 23

Tuesday 5 June A former information minister in Western Bahr el Ghazal, Omer Eshag Mohamed, announced his decision to join the opposition movement led by General Paul Malong. Foreign Policy: “Conflict in Abyei Could Reignite South Sudan’s Civil War” Thursday 7 June The Government of South Sudan and the Government of Sudan agreed to repair… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 22

Monday 28 May The Kenyan opposition leader, and the country’s special envoy to South Sudan, Raila Odinga, met with President Salva Kiir to discuss ways of resolving the civil war. Odinga is also scheduled to travel to South Africa to meet the former first vice-president Riek Machar. The South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) has returned… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 21

Monday 21 May The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) considers a referendum on the configuration of states in the country. Tuesday 22 May Members of the Former Political Detainees deny having withdrawn their membership of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance. This comes after the Addis Ababa peace talk where the group reportedly required separate representation… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 20

Monday 14 May SPLM accuses SSUF/A of carrying out attacks in Raja, Western Bahr el Ghazal, but the SSUF/A rejects these allegations. Thursday 17 May The UN Security Council extends the mandate of UNISFA in Abyei for one year. The UN deploys 150 additional peacekeepers to the Unity area due to continuous clashes between SPLM… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 19

Monday 7 May The SPLM-IO faction led by Taban Deng Gai announced that it has officially joined the country’s ruling party SPLM, under the overall leadership of President Salva Kiir. President Salva Kiir accepted that Riek Machar could come to Juba under the protection of the Regional Protection Force. President Kiir did not accept however… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 18

Monday 30 April South African telecom operator MTN will expand its operations in South Sudan. There is a rising demand for mobile services, conceivably linked to the expulsion of Vivacell. Tuesday 1 May SPLM-IO has released the 10 aid workers abducted in Central Equatoria. A border dispute caused soldiers from the SPLA to halt a… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 17

Tuesday 24 April Nepalese UN peacekeeping troops are accused of child rape. Wednesday 25 April The Government of South Sudan appointed the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Martin Elia Lomuro, acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, which opens questions concerning the status of the current Minister, Deng Alor. Thursday 26 April An armed group… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 16

Monday 16 April International Crisis Group: “Keeping the Hotline Open Between Sudan and South Sudan. ” (published 13 April) SPLM-IO claims to have seized Nhialdiu, Doau and Tharkan in Unity. The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) denies this. Tuesday 17 April The GoSS has shut down the BBC relay station in Juba and Wau. Reportedly,… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 15

Monday 9 April Paul Malong Awan announced the formation of a new opposition movement called South Sudan United Front. Tuesday 10 April Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ordered the release of political prisoners. The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) granted ex-army chief Paul Malong $5 million to pursue the country’s opposition leader Riek Machar during… Read more »