Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly

The Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA), the first of its kind in the history of Southern Sudan, came to existence under Art. 57 (1) of the Interim constitution of the Southern Sudan 2005, as provided for in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed between the Sudan Government and the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Naivasha – Kenya on 9th January 2005. The SSLA is composed of 70% SPLM members, 15% NCP members, and the other political parties make up the 15% as stipulated by the CPA.

 

It was inaugurated in October 2005 with 171 Members drawn from eight (8) Political Parties in the Sudan namely:

 

1. Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM)
2. National Congress Party (NCP)
3. Southern Sudan Defense Force (SSDF)
4. Sudan African National Union (SANU)
5. United Democratic Front (UDF)
6. Union of Sudan African Parties (USAP 1)
7. Union of Sudan African Parties (USAP 2)
8. United Democratic Sudan Forum (UDSF)

 

The Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly is the representation of the will of the people of Southern Sudan after decades of civil wars and is aimed at fostering the unity of Southerners. It exercises legislative functions; oversees the Executive, and promotes a decentralized system of government in Southern Sudan. It is tasked with responsibilities of enacting legislations on all matters assigned to it by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the Interim National Constitution and Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan.

 

The powers conferred upon the SSLA include discussions on all the statements made by the President; impeach the President and the Vice President of the government of Southern Sudan. Approves the annual budget, plans, programs and policies of the government of Southern Sudan, including the allocate resources and revenue.

 

The Assembly can also summon Ministers to answer questions from member of the august House on matters related to their ministries, interrogate ministers about their ministry's performance and adopt resolution on matters of public concern. It can cast a vote of no confidence against any minister.

 

The Assembly converges twice in a year. The first begins on Monday of the first week of March and ends on Wednesday of the last week of May. The second begins on Monday of the first week of September and ends on Wednesday of the last week of November. If need be, the Speaker of the Assembly in consultation with the President of the government of Southern Sudan may resolve to extend the duration of the session as mandated by the Conduct of Business of the Assembly.
 

This article was updated on Sep 28, 2009