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South Sudan will amend the Political Parties Act that was ratified in 2012 in a bid to create a favorable political environment as part of efforts to implement the revitalized peace agreement.

Anthony Lino Makana, speaker for the South Sudan’s parliament, said on Wednesday that the parliament is considering the proposed amendment to the Political Parties Act, 2012 to certify that it complies with international best practices for free and democratic registration of political parties in South Sudan.

He made the remarks during a one-day stakeholders’ forum organized to entrench the proposed amendments in South Sudan’s Political Parties Act as stipulated in the deal signed in September last year between South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and his main opponent Riek Machar. Under the deal, Machar will be reinstated as first vice-president with a reconstituted transitional government to be established in May 2019. Gichira Kibara, chairperson of the National Constitutional Amendment Committee, said the organization has the mandate under the agreement to review and amend the Political Parties Act to conform it to the agreement.

“We have done a lot of work with regard to reviewing the act and have identified the gray areas that need to be amended for the act to facilitate democratic registration of the political parties and ensure that they have a right environment from which to operate,” Kibara said. He said they have proposed some changes that if effected, will strengthen political parties in the war-scarred nation.

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