The president of the South Sudanese National Assembly has resigned from office, yielding to the pressure of parliamentarians who accused him of hampering their role in the fight against corruption and have been demanding for weeks his departure, announced Monday the radio State.
Anthony Lino Makana, a senior official of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), resigned on Sunday from a meeting of the ruling party in Juba, South Sudan Broadcasting Radio (SSBC) reported.
All members of the Assembly, including those of his own party, had been demanding for weeks the resignation of Mr. Makana, threatening if not dismissing him.
He was accused of refusing to present to the Assembly reports of the auditor general and anti-corruption for discussion by parliamentarians.
He was also reproached for having approved a $ 400 million (€ 360 million) loan from the African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) for the Government, without the Assembly being able to pronounce itself the law imposes it.
He was finally criticized for preventing parliamentarians from summoning members of the government to answer before them about their management of public affairs.
« Defend the sovereignty of our country »
« The reason I submit my resignation is an act of deep and sincere respect » for the SPLM, said Sunday Mr. Makana, according to statements reported Monday by the SSBC.
« I’m not looking for a political position or power. My intention is to defend the sovereignty, national security, peace, dignity and territorial integrity of our country, « he added.
This is the first time the President of the National Assembly has resigned since the country became independent from Sudan in 2011.
South Sudan sank into civil war in December 2013. The conflict, marked by atrocities and the use of rape as a weapon of war, left more than 380,000 dead and more than four million South Sudanese, nearly one third of the population, to leave their homes.