From the Region to the Grassroots: Political Dynamics in South Sudan

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At this writing, the peace process in South Sudan remains at a critical juncture. The transitional government of national unity was due to be formed by the end of the extended pre-transitional period on 12 November 2019. Instead, the signatories to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) agreed, at the 7 November summit hosted by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, to push back the deadline for another 100 days. The parties have so far failed to implement key commitments relating to security arrangements, a determination of the number of states, and financing of pre-transitional activities. It remains uncertain whether they will address these issues or whether they will continue to stall, and whether that stalling implies preparation for renewed conflict. The implementation of the peace deal now hinges partially on the success of ongoing regional consultations.

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David Deng

Research Director for the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS).

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