South Sudan’s Kiir forms Central Equatoria State Government

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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. The government of South Sudan has resolved to reduce the number of states to 10. FILE PHOTO | AFP
File Photo: South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Saturday evening issued Presidential Decrees, appointing officials to positions in Central Equatoria State. FILE PHOTO | AP

President Salva Kiir on Saturday evening issued Presidential Decrees, appointing officials to positions in Central Equatoria State.

In a decree read out on the state-owed SSBC, the President appointed ministers, county commissioners, advisers, and chairpersons for state commissions, nearing the state government to its full formation. This comes almost three weeks after presidential minister Nhial Deng Nhial announced that state governments would be formed by February 15th.

State parliament is yet to be reconstituted. President Kiir appointed 17 ministers, five advisers, six chairpersons for Independent Commissions, and six county commissioners from the various peace parties.

Central Equatoria State—where the country’s capital sits is the first state government to be fully formed as part of implementing the revitalized peace agreement, which says the parties shall share power at all levels of government in a 36-month transitional period after which general elections in which the rival parties are expected to compete for leadership of the world’s youngest country.
(With input from agencies)

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