General Gatdet’s deputy elected leader of South Sudan Opposition Alliance

July 3rd 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The opposition consortium, South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), has elected the deputy of late General Peter Gatdet Yaka as the new leader of the opposition umbrella according to a statement extended to the Nyamilepedia.


Newly elected SSOA chairman and leader of South Sudan United Movement (SSUM/A) Denay Chagor (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

In November last year, the SSOA split into two groups – one led by Gabriel Changson Chang, and the other led by late General Peter Gatdet – following a disputed elections which saw the election of General Gatdet as the leader of the allaince.

Last March, in an exclusive interview with Nyamilepedia in Cairo, Changson said he and others in the SSOA leadership were working to reunite the fractured opposition alliance.

Last week, a spokesman for Changson told the Nyamilepedia as well that Changson has decided to relinquish the SSOA leadership and that Josephine Lagu of the People’s Democratic Movement had been elected to lead the group before a new leader would be elected.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Changson announced that the unified SSOA has elected Denay Jock Chagor, Gatdet’s successor, as the new leader of the opposition alliance.

“The unified SSOA Leadership takes this opportunity to inform the general public that from today Hon. Denay Jock Chagor is the Chairman of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA),” a statement signed by Changson and Chagor partly read.

“To this effect, we would like to inform SSOA member organizations, partners in the R-ARCSS, regional and international bodies, supporters and well-wishers about this new development,” the statement added.

It further reiterated the alliance’s “full commitment to the implementation of the peace agreement.”

According to the statement, Chagor will leader the SSOA for six month after which he will handover to Changson who will than hand it over after six months to any other SSOA member-party for another six-month leadership.

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