SANCTIONED: South Sudan information minister Michael Makuei. Photo credit/youtube.com

South Sudan’s government has decided to refer the UN Security Council resolution for the deployment of a strong regional protection force in the country to the cabinet and parliament for deliberation, according to the government’s spokesman.

This comes after an expanded consultative meeting chaired by President Salva Kiir in the presence of his two deputies in reaction to the UN decision to send 4,000 regional troops to Juba despite the government’s rejection.

Michael Makuei Lueth, Information Minister, announced that the consultative meeting resolved to refer the UN document to the cabinet and then to the parliament for further discussions.

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“After lengthy deliberation on the document, it is clear that this document has some pros and cons” said Makuei. “And as such, it is decided that this process should be taken to the executive and then to the parliament so that it becomes a public and a clear stand and position taken by the whole government, “he added.

Makuei pointed out that the expanded consultative meeting was attended by ministers, deputy ministers, presidential advisers, chairpersons of commissions, and speakers of the two houses, as well as heads of the parliamentary committees.