SPLM Politburo members in Addis Ababa for leadership review

April 5, 2014 (ADDIS ABAB) – An advance team of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) Politburo members convened Saturday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa in preparation for its leadership review and self-assessment forum.

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SPLM political bureau members at a meeting (splmtoday)

Initiated within the framework of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-led peace process for South Sudan, the forum is expected to run concurrently and provide a critical contribution to the ongoing broader political dialogue towards national reconciliation and healing.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn, who also doubles as the IGAD chairperson, was present at the SPLM meeting aimed at preparing the ground for the ruling party’s leadership review and self-assessment forum.

“The advance team meeting will develop the agenda, modalities and time frame for the Forum, which will address underlying causes of the current crisis in South Sudan,” IGAD said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

The intra-party forum is facilitated by representatives from the Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the African National Congress (ANC) in light of their relevant experiences in dealing with South Sudan’s ruling party crisis.