South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir dissolves parliament
Activists and civil society groups say the move by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir is long overdue
The majority of the 550 legislators will be from the governing SPLM party.South Sudan’s MPs will not be elected but will instead be nominated by different political parties.
“Let it not take weeks or months”, Edmund Yakani of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation – one of the civil society groups that signed the peace deal – told the BBC.
Insecurity is still rife across South Sudan and has prevented many farmers – who have been forced to flee their homes – from planting or harvesting crops, causing food shortages nationwide.
There are also warnings from the UN’s World Food Programme that more than seven million people in South Sudan will suffer acute food insecurity over the coming months.