Parliament Blocks Journalists From Debate

The South Sudan National Assembly hall in a past session [Gurtong | File]This was during the discussions on the appointment of the leadership of the National Election Commission (EC).

Journalist were ordered out of the chambers just as the discussions were about to start.
“You are not allowed to sit here. That it is a closed sitting. It is not me who is saying,” security personnel ordered the journalists who already sat at the press section as the sitting started.
This is the second week the parliament is holding a closed sitting after failure to approve the EC leadership last week.

The previous week the parliamentarians in the House differed in passing the EC leadership after MPs from Eastern Equatoria State threatened to march out of the House saying their state is not represented.

They say the composition of the EC leadership is against the values of the transitional constitution which talks of equal participation on the matters of national interest.

Despite clarification that President Salva Kiir appointed the leadership fairly, the approval by the parliament still remains unresolved. 

President Kiir had earlier on decreed nine members to form the EC.

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