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South Sudan’s Parliament dissolved

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  • May 11, 2021
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South Sudan’s Parliament dissolved

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations 

In news

  • 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.

Key takeaways 

  • 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.

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