Political Rivals in Sudan Urged To Reconcile Ahead Of Crucial Vote

South Sudanese politicians have been urged to put their political differences aside as the semi-autonomous region seeks to become independent.

The Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Speaker James Wani Igga told a mammoth rally in the Eastern Equatoria State capital Torit Sunday that unity of all South Sudanese leaders is highly needed at this crucial time.

He urged politicians who fell out during the April polls to reconcile and unite ahead of next month’s long-awaited referendum.

He also cautioned against tribalism, saying it creates division and mistrust among the South’s ethnic communities.

“Tribalism has greatly contributed to the deplorable life of most South Sudanese and if we continue with the vice, we are headed nowhere and we will continue living in poverty”, he said.

The rally at Torit Freedom Square was attended by key leaders in the state including the State Governor Louis Lobong Lojore, his predecessor Aloysio Emor Ojetuk, the state cabinet and state legislators among others.

Igga urged Governor Lojore and Ojetuk to bury their political differences and work together in guiding the state residents to the referendum.

He said that together with the GoSS’ Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny, he managed to reconcile the political leaders who fell out during the April elections.

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