Federal Democratic Party proposes creation of 36 states
NAIROBI,KENYA (14 Oct.)
The leader of the federal Democratic Party, one of the holdout armed
factions in South Sudan's conflict has come out with a proposal
seeking creation of 36 states in the country as an option to address
the dispute arising from the creation of 28 states.
Former youth minister Gabriel Changson Chang, who identifies himself
as Chairman and Commander in Chief of the FDP/SSAF faction, said he
came out with the proposal because the October 2, 2015 presidential
establishment order by President Salva Kiir created land disputes
between communities and made it impossible to enshrine the agreement
into the current transitional constitution.
President Kiir, on 2 October 2015, issued Presidential Order
no.36/2015 for the establishment of 28 states in the Republic of South
Sudan replacing the 10 states. "This Presidential Order created land
disputes between communities and made it impossible to enshrine the
agreement into the current transitional constitution. The FDP/SSAF
Leadership proposes the below options as viable means for resolving
the impasse created by the 28 states," a 16 September proposal, copy
of which was extended to Radio Tamazuj reads in part.
The proposal points out two options, either the president freezes the
establishment order creating 28 states and reverts back to 10 states
or issue another order expanding the number of states to 36 as the
He proposes Upper Nile state to be split into five separate states,
unity state into three states, Jonglei state into six states, Eastern
Equatoria states into two states, Raja as a state of its own.
The proposal, however, did not break up Lakes, Aweil , Tonj, Aweil
East, Amadi, Maridi, Gbudue, Jubek, Terekeka and Yei
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