Sudan’s government has unveiled a new peace plan in South Sudan, just days after the opposition rejected the Entebbe peace proposal.
The Sudanese mediation held separate consultative meetings with representatives of the South Sudanese parties in Khartoum on Tuesday.
The proposed power sharing agreement provides for creation of four vice presidents, with opposition leader Riek Machar reinstated as first vice president.
The new proposal says the incumbent government will nominate two vice presidents and the other parties and entities will select one vice president who will be a woman.
The proposal calls for increment of government ministries from the current 30 to 45 and increasing parliamentary seats to 550.
The additional 15 ministries, according to the proposal, SPLM-IO will be allocated 12 ministers, SSOA will take 2 ministers and other political parties will take 1 minister.
There will be 10 deputy ministers in the proposed power sharing agreement.
The proposal maintained the controversial 32 states until an inclusive boundaries commission in established to decide on number and boundaries of South Sudan states.
The responsibly sharing ratio at the state and local government levels, according to the proposed deal, will be 55% for the incumbent government, SPLM-IO 25%, SSOA 10%, and other opposition parties 10%.
Former detainees: ‘Peace talks are not transparent’
Peace negotiations aimed at ending the conflict in South Sudan “are not transparent” and not inclusive, former political detainees said.
Talks between the South Sudan warring parties are still ongoing in Khartoum. The opposition recently protested against a power sharing proposal presented during a closed-door meeting in Uganda.
The former detainees, who also described themselves as SPLM leaders, issued a statement on Tuesday saying the latest session of peace talks was marred by lack of transparency.
The group argued that the delegation of responsibility of mediating South Sudan peace talks to individual member states by IGAD has made the youngest nation a battlefield for regional players with competing interests.
“As such the IGAD-led peace process is facing a serious challenge to achieve peace in South Sudan,” partly reads the statement bearing the name of Pagan Amum, leader of the SPLM-FDs.
The South Sudanese opposition official urged the international community to engage actively in support of the mediation process.