World Bulletin / News Desk
The eight-country Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) meeting was called in light of the deteriorating situation in the young nation following the July 15 ouster of First Vice-President Riek Machar by President Salva Kiir, who replaced him with Gen. Taban Deng.
Deng is at the head of a group of officials who are part of the transitional government of national unity representing the SPLM/A-in-opposition.
Machar has rejected the appointment of his former right-hand man and confidant Deng, calling it illegal.
Apparently there is a split within the ranks of IO, with one party wanting to remain in the transitional government and another maintaining allegiance with Machar, who left Juba and called for third-party intervention.
It was IGAD that recommended a regional intervention force be deployed to Juba, an idea seconded by the United Nation.
Kiir, however, rejected the idea, saying he would consider any third-party force as an invader.
This issue is expected to take center stage during the extraordinary summit.