Notwithstanding tweaks associated with the status of a "rebel" movement in the courtyards of international diplomacy, pundits reflecting on South Sudan's years of struggle with the North recall that the SPLM used to have a very robust representation in the centres of power around the world.
The new nation of South Sudan faces economic challenges from several fronts, not least among which is the development and sustainability of the private sector. Lacking the requisite experience and capacity, local businesses find it hard to face free-market competition. The government's fluid economic policies only compound matters.
The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly passed a SSP 2.7 billion quarterly budget this April. Radio Miraya's Round Table discussed the austerity measures with Dr Kimu Aban from the faculty of Economics at the University of Juba and Peter Biar, director of the Centre for Strategic Analysis and Research in Juba.
South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar has called on the people in Jonglei to unite and to live in peace and harmony. The Vice President made the appeal during a tour of Ayod, Duk and Twic East counties in the State early April, accompanied by Jonglei Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, State and national MPs and UNMISS officials.