Prominent opposition politician Farouk Gatkuoth named opposition chief whip in parliament
South Sudan's main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, has named prominent opposition politician Eng. Farouk Gatkuoth Kam as the opposition chief whip in the recently reconstituted transitional parliament, according to the SPLM-IO Director of Information and Public Relations Puok Both Baluang.
JUBA – South Sudan’s main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, has named prominent opposition politician Eng. Farouk Gatkuoth Kam as the opposition chief whip in the recently reconstituted transitional parliament, according to the SPLM-IO Director of Information and Public Relations Puok Both Baluang.
In politics, Chief Whip is a political office whose task is to administer the whipping system that tries to ensure that members of the party attend and vote in parliament as the party leadership desires.
Baluang who is also the acting press secretary in the office of the First Vice President told Sudans Post in an exclusive interview last week that the appointment was made during a meeting of the SPLM-IO parliamentary caucus attended by FVP and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny last week.
“Engineer Farouk Gatkuoth has been named by the SPLM-IO parliamentary caucus in a meeting conducted yesterday to be the SPLM chief whip in the parliament,” Baluang told Sudans Post last week.
Farouk Gatkuoth was born in 1952 in Rubkona County of Unity state. He went to Bentiu Elementary School (1959-1964), Malakal Technical Intermediate (1964-1968), and Kosti Technical Secondary School (1968–1973). He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the American University in Beirut (1979-1982) and his postgraduate diploma from the University of Hull (1988-1989).
The opposition politician worked in the Ministry of Culture and Information, Khartoum (1973-1982) before he shifted to the Ministry of Energy and Mining (1982-1991). The NIF-led military junta from the civil service purged him in 1991.
He joined SAC (1985- 1989) and was a founding member and secretary general of UDSF. He occupied senior positions in the party hierarchy. He was appointed chairman of the Oil Commission after the independence of South Sudan.
According to Baluang, the main armed opposition group also nominated long-time Machar ally Deng Deng Akoon as the speaker of the Council of State allocated by the peace agreement to the SPLM-IO.
Akoon is currently the deputy minister of cabinet affairs on the ticket of the SPLM-IO.
Nathaniel Pierino, the SPLM-IO former governor of Imatong state who helped the opposition group in the negotiation of the revitalized peace agreement was also nominated as the first deputy speaker of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly.
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