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Sport: South Sudan: Jemma Nunu Kumba, First Woman Chairing Parliament

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Jemma Nunu Kumba (C) alors ministre de l'Eau du Soudan du Sud avec ses homologues éthiopien et tanzanien, à Khartoum, Soudan, le 19 juin 2014 © Ebrahim Hamid Jemma Nunu Kumba (C) Then Water Minister of South Sudan with his Ethiopian and Tanzanian counterparts in Khartoum, Sudan, the June 19, 2014

The General Secretary in Exercise of the Party in power, Jemma Nunu Kumba, will become the first woman to chair the Parliament of South Sudan, younger country in the world who won his independence ten years ago.

President Salva Kiir, also President of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), announced Friday afternoon the appointment of Ms. Kumba at the head of a recently "reconstituted" parliament.

"Jemma (Nunu Kumba) will be the next President" of Parliament, "said the Head of State at a general meeting of the party, in Juba, the capital.

Jemma Nunu Kumba, a woman in the presidency of the South Sudan

 Jemma Nunu Kumba, a woman in the presidency of the South Sudan © AFP - Ebrahim Hamid Jemma Nunu Kumba, then Minister of Water, at a Forum of the 10 Nations of Nile, in Khartoum in June 2014. One of the challenges of this long-standing activist of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) will be to consolidate peace and unity within a recently "reconstituted" assembly. The announcement was made by President Salva Kiir in person Friday, July 23: Jemma Nunu Kumba will become the first woman to chair the Parliament of South Sudan.

This announcement generated applause and youyous within the hearing.

Born in 1966, Ms. Kumba joined the Splm rebels in the early 1990s in the civil war which opposed them to Khartoum.

She then actively mise in the party and then participated in the peace negotiations between the SPLM and the Sudanese government, then led by Omar El-Bashir.

After independence in 2011, Ms. Kumba held several official positions, including the Governor of the State of Western Equatoria (Southwest).

At the end of 2013, the country plunged into a civil war opposing Mr. Kir and Riek Machar, sworn enemies, in five years more than 380,000 dead and four million displaced.

pursuant to a peace agreement signed in 2018 between mm. Kiir and Machar, today President and Vice-President in a Government of National Union, Parliament was dissolved and "reconstituted" last May, from 400 to 550 legislators.

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In his bosom, 332 deputies were appointed by Mr. Kiir, 128 by Mr. Machar, and 90 by the other signatory parties.

Ms. Kumba thus takes the lead of an assembly composed at nearly 40% of former members of Mr. Machar's rebel party, the SPLM-IO. The Vice President, who has not been appointed yet, will also be derived from this party.

"It's not going to be any rest. The current policy of the policy calls for the diligence of all, calls on the common objectives," Kumba said after his appointment.

Mr. Kiir called on the new President and the members of the SPLM to focus on the application of the peace agreement, many of which have not yet been implemented.

"You must be the ambassadors of peace," said the president.

In addition to the political and economic challenges, the country is currently facing its worst food crisis since independence, with some 60% of the population suffering from serious food shortages, according to the World Food Program.

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