Pick your own contenders for top seat, Kiir tells parties

By William Madouk

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has appealed to all political parties to pick their suitable aspirants for the presidential race in preparation for the planned 2024 general elections.

The head-of-state while addressing a crowd of citizens at Freedom Square in Aweil town of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State on Tuesday, said it is time for the political parties to reveal their presidential candidates.

“We will meet in the election time after the roadmap, and parties that are prepared to seek for presidency can come up earlier,” Kiir said.

“I am one of them under the SPLM to compete with others who are ready to face the election with us, they must expose themselves so that they can be seen clearer, and when the time comes, we will meet in the field,” he added.

In December 2022, the ruling party, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) endorsed Salva Kiir as the chairman and the flag bearer for the party in slated 2024 elections.

President Kiir, said his administration will go for general elections after end of transitional period, adding that there will be no more extension for an interim unity government.

“We have had enough transition government and now we are in the roadmap agreement. We will not have another transition after this. We will go for election,” Kiir echoed.

“Peace implementation is going well, and if there is something that is not done much, it means that there is no interest in implementing it. We are working on it, and the roadmap we are implementing now was made by all the parties to the agreement,” he added.

Last week, President Kiir during his visit to Western Bahr el Ghazal state on Saturday asked thousands of citizens to prepare for elections at the end of transitional period.

“I accepted the extension of the transitional period by 24 months to give the political parties ample time to prepare for general elections,” Kiir said.

“We want to bring an end to transitional governments. We should have a democratically elected government, so you, the people of Wau, should prepare for elections,” he added.

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