MPs proposes bill to extend president Kiir's term

MPs proposes bill to extend president Kiir’s term

Members of the National Legislative Assembly have proposed a bill to extend President Salva Kiir’s term for three years, undermining peace talks with opposition forces who condemned the move as illegal.

The bill seeks to amend the constitution to extend Kiir’s tenure to 2021, lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday.

Deputy Paul Yoane Bonju said the bill was presented on Monday to parliament and that lawmakers intended to vote it into law this month.

South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, erupted into violence in late 2013 over a political disagreement between Kiir and his former vice president Riek Machar.

Kiir and Machar met last week and agreed on a new peace deal that included a ceasefire that took effect on Saturday.

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