South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir dissolved parliament in a move aimed at paving the way for the appointment of MPs from opposing sides in the country’s five-year civil war.
The decision was announced on public television Saturday and was in accordance to a 2018 peace deal stating that a quarter of the MPs would come from Riek Machar’s party.
The move see the the 550 legislators not elected by nominated by their respective and a majority will be from the rulling SPLM party.
Activists welcomed the move saying it was long overdue but urged that the nominations not to be delayed. Activist Edmund Yakani while speaking to the BBC suggested the process be done Monday, May 10.
South Sudan has experienced civil unrest since 2013 when conflict erupted in the country. At least 400,000 people were killed and millions forced from their homes.