We Don’t Want Federalism: Bahr El Ghazal Youth

In a press release signed by the group’s chair Ayuel Madut Chan, the youth urged the mediators in the South Sudan peace negotiations not to adopt the federal system of government.

“We are all looking forward to an amicable solution to the stalemate so that peace and stability can be attained in our country. The issue of which type of governance structure to adopt should come later”, read part of the statement.

The group added that that the rebellion that was launched following what the Dr Riek Machar-led side termed ‘dictatorship’ by President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

“We are now glad that the two sides have agreed to negotiate and that is the most important now.  Rushing to create a federal system of government is not an urgent matter. We are strongly opposed to the immediate rush for Federalism as system of governance in our Republic due to its timing and current situation. We demand the warring parties and in particular the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit to consider the wider picture of South Sudan other than a clique yet this issue affects all”, Madut said.

The group called for the formation of an interim government to contribute towards reconciling communities.

“The parties should agree on power sharing ratio and structure of government under the current of system of governance and then all others will follow after true healing process”, he said.

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