South Sudan Parliament on Thursday voted to extend the mandate of President Salva Kiir’s government for an extra three years.
Political analysts say the move is likely to have a negative impact on the current efforts to bring peace to the country.
“The transitional constitution amendment bill number five for the year 2018 is hereby passed by the national legislature,” said Speaker Anthony Lino Makana after lawmakers unanimously voted to pass the bill which must now be signed into law by President Kiir.
He is expected to pen it without any hesitation.
President Kiir, 66, a Dinka by tribe has been President of South Sudan since its independence in 2011.