South Sudan’s Parliament dissolved
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations
- South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has dissolved Parliament.
- Lawmakers from opposing sides of the country’s civil war shall now be appointed under a 2018 peace accord.
- The setting up of a new legislative body was part of an accord signed in September 2018 between Mr. Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar.
- In accordance with the 2018 accord, the new assembly will number 550 lawmakers, the majority — 332 — from Mr. Kiir’s governing SPLM party.
- The parliamentarians will be nominated by the different parties.
Important value additions
- South Sudan is a landlocked country in east/central Africa.
- It is bordered to the east by Ethiopia, to the north by Sudan, to the west by the Central African Republic, to the south by Uganda.
- It gained independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011, making it the most recent sovereign country
- Its capital is Juba.
- It includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd, formed by the White Nile and known locally as the Bahr al Jabal meaning “Mountain River”.
- The White Nile passes through the country, passing by Juba.