The United States of America, the United Kingdom and Norway warned in a letter to President Salva Kiir, shortly before the announcement today of the postponement of the elections, that they would not send their main diplomats because they believed that not all parties to the peace agreement had been consulted.”The new plan “must demonstrate how a further extension will differ from previous postponements and include steps towards clear progress in creating the institutions and mechanisms necessary for the holding of elections “, said the ‘troika’ of mediating countries in the letter, quoted by the Associated Press agency. In an attempt to explain this new postponement, Kiir stated that he wanted to avoid creating conditions for further bloodshed. the transition period for wanting to stay in government longer. I don’t want to rush you into an election that takes us back to war,” said Kiir, who has led South Sudan since its independence from Sudan in 2011. The Sudanese leader also called on resistance groups to join together in implementing the peace process.Salva Kiir and several armed opposition groups signed a peace agreement in 2018, ending a five-year civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of people. the formation of a unified national army remains largely unenforced. Kiir’s historic rival, Vice President Riek Machar, declared that he had no choice but to accept an extension of the transition period to ensure implementation of the agreement. “We need a political space. Without political space, we cannot implement the agreement, Machar added, calling for the creation of political conditions so that opposition parties can freely participate in the elections.

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