South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Saturday 15 February accepted the IGAD compromise proposal to return the country to 10 states giving the way for the formation of the transitional government.
In a meeting held on Saturday morning in Juba, the office of President Kiir surprisingly announced his acceptance for the re-establishment of the 10 states during the transitional period.
However, Minister in the Office of the President Mayiik Ayii Deng in his announcement of acceptance said that decision may not have been the best for its people but for the sake of peace and unity in the country.
In conjunction with the re-establishment of the previous 10 States, the office of President Kiir shall have to create three administrative areas in order to agree with the opposition groups to enable the formation of a coalition government this month.
The three administrative areas as demanded by the Kiir’s office are Ruweng, Pibor, and Abyei.
Minister Mayiik said President Salva Kiir has decided to return the country to 10 states and their previous counties; plus Abyei, Ruweng and Pibor Administrative Areas.
The issue of the number of the States and their boundaries has been one of the hostile issues influencing the usage of the revived harmony understanding.
During a gathering of the IGAD Committee in Addis Ababa a week ago, President Salva Kiir was given five days to choose to restore the nation to ten states or build up 23 states.