JUBA — President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Tuesday night issued a republic order forming the long-awaited unified army command structure in a crucial step necessary for advancement of the security arrangements provided for in the revitalised peace agreement.
In the republican decree read out on the state-own South Sudan abroad as Corporation (SSBC), Kiir who is also the commander in chief of the army reappointed General Santino Deng Wol of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) as army chief.
In a separate decree readout on the state broadcaster, Kiir appointed Lt. Gen. Gabriel Duop Lam of the main armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) as the deputy army chief.
The formation of the unified army command comes almost two weeks since Kiir and his first deputy, Dr. Riek Machar Teny who is also the leader of the main armed opposition SPLM/SPLA (IO), agreed on the formula for allocation of the unified army command positions and forces.
Machar during the middle of last week submitted the list of his nominees to the president and was followed by Vice President Hussein Abdelbaggi who is representing the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) in the peace presidency.
This action has long been overdue and is considered by many as a crucial step in the implementation process of the revitalised agreement’s security arrangements provision which has seen setbacks that threatened last month to return the country to civil war following outbreak of tensions in Juba.
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Source: Culled From Sudan Post.