The SPLM/A-In Opposition has selected 50 Members of Parliament who will represent it in the upcoming transitional government of national unity in South Sudan.

The SPLM-IO head of the advance team in Juba, Taban Deng Gai, submitted their nominees to deputy chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee Dr Sidig Ali.

Taban said in a press statement the selection was based on 10 states as agreed in the peace deal.

Taban, who was the SPLM-IO’s chief negotiator during the Addis Ababa peace process, said the nominations show their commitment to the signed peace agreement.

For his part, Sidig Ali described the move as an important step in the implementation of peace agreement.

He pointed out that they are now working with political parties in order to activate the committee’s role and the implementation of peace agreement as scheduled.

Meanwhile, Agok Makur, an SPLM-IO nominee to the parliament, told Radio Tamazuj that the peace agreement provides for the expansion of parliament to 400 MPs.

He explained that the agreement gives the armed opposition 50 seats and one seat for the SPLM-G10 “Former Detainees” group.

Agok added that the agreement also gives 17 seats to the other political parties.