Parliament Elects New National Speaker

The members of parliament at a past session. Two deputy Speakers were also elected yesterday. [Gurtong | File]

Two deputy Speakers were also elected. Hon. Mark Nyipoch from Western Bahr el Ghazal and Hon. Yasmin Samuel from Eastern Equatoria states respectively were the first and second deputies ousting ex-deputies of the House Hon. Daniel Awet and Fatuma Nyawang.

Magok’s appointment came following endorsement by the members of parliament from the Greater Upper Nile region before his final nomination by the national legislature beating other supposed candidates such as the ex-minister of Justice John Luk Jok and former deputy Speaker Hon. Fatuma Nyawang.

Though some inside sources said Magok unexpected unanimous election came following a Presidential directive for the parliament to nominate him as the Speaker.

Committed member of the SPLM, Magok made to the parliament since the inception of the August House after the establishment of the Southern Sudan then semi-autonomous government in 2005.

A Christian by religion, Magok’s main challenge as the Speaker will be monitoring the executive in executing an austerity budget midst hard economic challenge the fledgling nation is undergoing and addressing insecurity in the country.

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