MPs extend mandate of W. Bahr el Ghazal governor
June 17, 2015 (WAU) – The governor of South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state, Rizik Zakariah Hassan has been granted three additional years in power by lawmakers.
- Western Bahr el Ghazal governor Rizik Zachariah Hassan (FILE)
Speaking to reporters after handing Hassan a certificate, the assembly speaker, John Mario Nyibang acknowledged the MPs’ decision.
The state assembly members extended the governor’s mandate up to 9 July 2018.
“I have come to the governor to present him a certificate extending his office term and of assembly members for three years,” said the speaker.
Nyibang said members of the state legislative assembly reached amended Article 62 (2) [of the State Transitional Constitution], which would terminate the state legislative assembly period on 9 July 2015.
“We have also amended the article 92 (2) which terminates the period of the state governor on the 9 July 2015,” said the speaker.
Hassan thanked the state assembly members for extending his mandate
“Your move to extern my period means that the state assembly is working towards the needs of the citizens of Western Bahr el Ghazal because our people need services from this government,” said the governor, vowing to prioritise development and security.