South Sudan – rump of loyal MPs votes to extend Kiir’s tenure in power by two years

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Sudan Tribune

March 24, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese lawmakers on Tuesday passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015, extending for more three years president Salva Kiir’s mandate in office.

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South Sudanese MPs stand during a parliamentary session in Juba on 31 August 2011 (AFP)

President Kiir’s term, according to South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution, officially ends on 9 July. This prompted the introduction of the Bill, which sought to extend the president’s term in office for two additional years.

270 lawmakers attended Tuesday’s session with 264 voting in support of the extension while six opposition MPs voted against parliament’s decision.

The motion passed by parliament will see president Kiir in power until July 2018.

“It is unanimously agreed that the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 is passed and will become law on its signature by the president,” said speaker Manasse Mangok Rundial.

Opposition lawmakers had earlier tried to block the Bill but…

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