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Vol 54 No 17

Published 23rd August 2013


South Sudan

Powers of separation

The struggle continues for a new state as old comrades fall out

When Parliament turned down President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s choice of Justice Minister on 13 August, it was greeted as a victory for democracy in the face of an increasingly autocratic ruler (AC Vol 54 No 16). Rights activists have criticised the lack of a clear separation of powers in Juba between the presidency and the parliament. Now the National Legislative Assembly, formerly the South Sudan Legislative Assembly, is flexing its muscles. (The South Sudan Legislative Assembly was renamed because it shared an unfortunate acronym with the recently surrendered rebel South Sudan Liberation Army.)

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