3 SPLM ministers – Oyai Deng Ajak, John Luk and Kosti Manibe lose in South Sudan election
Written by The New Sudan Vision (NSV), www.newsudanvision.com   
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 05:56

The 3 Losing Ministers
From left to right: GoSS minister of regional cooperation, Oyai Deng Ajak, GoSS minister of council of ministers Kosti Manibe and GoSS minister of energy and mining, John Luk Jok

(JUBA, SOUTHERN SUDAN, NSV) – The New Sudan Vision has learnt that three high profile ministers in the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) have lost in the just concluded elections in Sudan.

The former Chief of Staff of the SPLA retired General Oyai Deng Ajak, and current minister for regional cooperation has lost to an SPLM-DC candidate. He was contesting for a seat on behalf of the SPLM in his home state in Upper Nile.

Another high profile SPLM candidate and a minister that has also lost is Mr. Kosti Manibe, the minister for council of ministers. He lost to an independent candidate in his home state of Western Equatoria. Additionally, the GOSS minister for energy and mining Mr. John Luk Jok has lost in his home state of Jonglei. NSV understands that he lost to an independent candidate also.

Sources close to NEC in the South have told NSV that no NCP candidate has won or retained a seat in the entire of Southern Sudan.

In another development, there are emerging reports of crisis brewing in Unity State with Taban Deng Gai, the incumbent governor, allegedly refusing to concede defeat and demanding to be declared the winner regardless of the results. His bodyguards are alleged to have seized the NEC office in Bentiu and are demanding Taban be declared the winner.

The NSV understands that SPLM Political Bureau is locked in an emergency crisis meeting in Juba to try to resolve the situation. Mr. Taban Deng Gai was contesting against Angelina Teny, the state minister for energy and mining and the wife of GOSS VP Dr. Riek Machar.

The results were expected today but NEC said yesterday that the results would be announced later on unconfirmed date due to logistical and other complications.

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