Tuesday, May 27, 2014

South Sudan Rebels Appoint Gore As Interim Deputy
Alfred Lado Gore seated in the centre next to rebel military
spokesperson Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang (L) and Angeline
Teny, the wife of rebel leader, Riek Machar, at a news conference
in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 26 February 2014.
May 27, 2014 (JUBA) – The rebel SPLM In Opposition have unveiled an interim leadership structure, appointing former environment minister Alfred Lado Gore as interim deputy leader of the movement, making him the second most powerful figure in the hierarchy of the almost six-month-old rebellion.

Gore, who comes from Equatoria region, will deputise the rebel leader Riek Machar, who hails from the Upper Nile region.

Other appointees include Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol and Hussein Maar Nyuot, who were designated the foreign affairs and humanitarian affairs portfolios respectively.

The eldest son of the founding leader of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Mabior John Gareng de Mabior, has been named as a spokesperson on political affairs, while Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang retains his position as spokesperson on military affairs and General Taban Deng Gai remains as head of the rebel delegation for peace talks.

Several other members have been appointed as representatives of the movement to several key African countries, namely member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the east African bloc mediating the peace process, with representatives also expected to be appointed to South Africa and Nigeria.

The SPLM In Opposition says it is also seeking to appoint members of the South Sudanese diaspora community as its representatives to key Western allies, as well major international agencies such as the United Nations, European Union, the Arab League and the African Union.

Rebels say the structure aims to an inclusive and representative body for the whole country.

“The composition of the interim structure represents not only the entire South Sudan just as a country but [is] clearly reflecting [the] diversity of our people. It is a structure representing all faces of our people,” a key rebel official told Sudan Tribune on Monday from Addis Ababa.


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